Did you know that over 6 million men across the nation suffer from depression every year? Depression is actually often undiagnosable in men but men are likely to report loss of interest, fatigue and/or irritability rather than feelings of sadness or worthlessness. One of the risk factors for male depression is substance abuse and about 1 in 5 men develop alcohol dependency during their lives. One reason that depression is often undiagnosable in men is because men are less likely than women to seek help for depression and substance abuse.
June is Men’s Health Month and the goal of this month is to bring awareness of preventable health problems among men and young boys. We are taking this opportunity to encourage families and their loved ones to help us break the stigma around mental health, seek regular medical advice, and talk often with your kids about their mental health.
Men’s Health Month Resources – https://www.menshealthmonth.org/
Talking to Kids About Mental Illness – https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2018/Talking-to-Kids-About-Mental-Illness
Online Mental Health Screenings – https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools