Not Talking About Mental Health is Literally Killing Men

05/06/2018
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The seventh leading cause of death for men is suicide. One in five men will develop a chemical dependence. Millions of men in this country suffer from depression. Although this article is a screener for a series of discussions that will take place in MensHealth, it nicely covers the need for men to find safe places to discuss their mental health. 
Never was this more apparent than my time at the Veterans Administration helping men come to terms with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. I learned first hand that the beginning obstacle  to overcome with male soldiers was often the stigma associated with  reaching out for help. It has been too true for too long that we champion silent suffering in men by saying "he's so strong" and "he never sees doctors, he's just like his father- tough." A I cannot tell you how many times I have heard men recount being told "don't you cry or I'll give you something to cry about." The irony is that  talking about what is bothering us is the greatest expression of strength. Some of the strongest men I know are currently on my caseload. 
It is refreshing to see a large publication and celebrities coming forward to put men's mental health in the forefront. I work with both men and women and while the content of the work is often different, the need for expression is the same. 

 

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