A Critical Look at Men’s Mental Health
Men – now more than ever it’s crucial to prioritize your health. And while maintaining a balanced diet and regularly exercising are important, being physically healthy is only part of the battle. When we talk about the health of an individual, we aren’t just talking about the absence of illness, but a state of mental, physical, and social well-being. Mental health is a core component of overall wellness, yet is routinely overlooked in favor of physical health. It’s past time to explore the critical mental health needs of men as part of their general well-being.
I know, as men it’s hard for us to ask for help. Remember, it takes a lot of strength to face our struggles and reach out and get the help you need – whether its depression, alcohol use or substance misuse. Be there for yourself, your friends, and your family.
Fast Facts About Men’s Mental Health
Nearly 1 in 10 men experience some form of depression or anxiety but less than half seek treatment. Feeling depressed or anxious is not unusual or shameful.
In 2020, men died by suicide 3.88x more than women. Though men experience a higher rate of suicide, they are less likely to seek help and more prone to suffering in silence. Depression, when left untreated, can in some cases reach a crisis point of suicidal contemplation. Be sure to reach out for support if you are struggling.
About 6 out of every 10 men experience at least one trauma in their lives. PTSD can develop weeks, months, or even years after an experienced trauma, and can cause a person to relive the traumatic event, experience nightmares or flashbacks, and a number of other troubling symptoms that interfere with their everyday life.
Men are almost two times more likely to binge drink than women, and are three times as likely to die as a consequence of alcohol abuse. It’s important to drink responsibly and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while intoxicated.
49% of men feel more depressed than they admit to the people in their life. A survey of more than 1,000 men commissioned by the Today Show revealed the truth that many assume- men are much less likely to voice struggles with mental illness, and even thoughts of suicide.
Take action today by using a free online screening to check in on the mental health of yourself or a loved one. It’s likely that someone you know is experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety, and you have the power to make a difference in their life. Discussing mental health takes courage- tap into your inner strength by looking out for yourself and the people you care about.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and has been edited and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.