There is not a way to separate mental and physical health. Together they go hand in hand, and can cause each other to be out of whack. The stigmatization is astounding surrounding men whom discuss or come forward about their mental health struggles.
With Mental Health Awareness Month (May) coming to a close, we wanted to share with you the importance of mental health, and men’s mental health.
Men who speak on mental health issues of their own, pastor present are often times deemed as inferior. However, weak has been used as a description also. Men are laughed at and made a mockery of for addressing their mental struggles, whereas they should be being praised for coming forward. Men should show one another more compassion, and they do not.
Feelings are often an unspoken topic, much because many can not accept the rawness of another’s feelings.
Statistics show at least 9% of all men experience depression on a daily basis. That is more than 16 million men. Nearly 5% of all men suffer from anxiety daily. Scientifically, it is more likely for a man under 30 to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than it is a woman.
Suicide among men is on the rise at an alarming rate. So much so that it has been labeled as a “silent epidemic.” Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death in men.
It is okay to not be okay men! Depression is real. It does not discriminate, and it can happen to anyone! If you need help, seek help! Suffering silently is not okay!
For general information on mental health and to locate available treatment in your area, call The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services-Administration- Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-4357. You can also dial 211 from your mobile device to reach a crisis center near you.