Men’s Health Awareness Month 2021
While men can experience mental health challenges just like anyone else, they are far less likely to seek out resources and treatment for depression, substance abuse, and stressful life events because of social norms, a reluctance to talk, and the stigma of perceived weakness. Over 6 million males in the US are affected by depression every year, but it often goes undiagnosed because men are more likely to report fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in hobbies and work, rather than feelings of sadness. Because of this, male suicides have been on a steady rise since 2000, and they account for 4 out of every 5 suicides in the US. If you or a loved one need support, please consult the following resources that focus on male mental health.
Movember encourages men to grow mustaches in November, but they also provide education and services to support men’s mental health.
Brother, You’re On My Mind is a toolkit put together by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to promote mental health for Black men.