Did you know that June is Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month? It is, and if that information comes as news to you, it is not necessarily surprising. Often, men are reluctant to discuss mental health issues, let alone their own struggles. With that in mind, we wanted to share with you six quick facts about men’s mental health.
Fact 1: Over 6 million men suffer from depression per year. Male depression often goes undiagnosed, with men more likely to report fatigue, irritability, and loss of interest in work or hobbies rather than feelings of sadness or worthlessness.
Fact 2: Approximately 3.5 million people in the US are diagnosed with Schizophrenia, which is one of the leading causes of disability. 90% of people diagnosed with Schizophrenia by age 30 are men.
Fact 3: Males account for an estimated 10% of patients with anorexia or bulimia and 35% of patients with binge-eating disorders while at the same time, men with eating disorders are less likely to seek professional help than women.
Fact 4: More than 4-times as many men as women die by suicide in the United States. Annually roughly 75% of deaths by suicide are men.
Fact 5: Approximately 1 in 5 men develop alcohol dependency.
Fact 6: Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression, substance abuse, and stressful live events due to social norms, reluctance to talk, and downplaying symptoms.
Connection is Key
Getting connected to the right resources is a critical first step. At Guild, we know mental illness because we treat it every day. With the right treatment, people with mental illness can drastically improve their quality of life. Reach out to our Community Access Team at (651) 925-8490. We can help.
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