“Boys aren’t meant to even cry, but I can assure you I’ve seen plenty of them do it – and I’ve even been to that point myself,” Wally Newman, a farmer for over 40 years, says as he vows to do his bit to tackle the high suicide rates in rural WA.
In a society where traditional constructs of masculinity still exert a powerful force, stigma still exists around the idea of men receiving mental health treatment, or even acknowledging mental illness in the first place. Men have traditionally shied away from therapy, and psychologists have stated that pressures to be perceived as masculine continue to have negative effects on men’s health. It is one of the reasons that men face a lower average life expectancy than women, with higher risks for all 15 leading causes of death in the US. Extensive efforts are underway to combat this social pressure; it has been found that men benefit from group discussions about health and are often more likely to disclose their problems to male physicians. Men’s health programs such as those sponsored by Action for Boston Community Development also focus on reaching out to African-American and Latino males to help defeat stigma in those communities, along with creating a better understanding of how perceptions held by patients and physicians alike regarding gender affect treatment.
According to the latest figures from the Center for Disease Control, men are responsible for 76.92 percent of all completed suicides. Basically, about four out of every five completed suicides is a guy.
More men are using antidepressants, but many factors still keep them from seeking mental health help
Use of antidepressants typically has a higher rate among women, but a new study finds that the rate of men taking antidepressants is on the rise.
Trust and teamwork weren’t these boys’ strong suits. All had suffered severe and debilitating trauma that had left them perpetually wary of others. Fortunately, basketball had captured their attention and imagination—and I had to seize on this.
The researchers of the new study found their results independent of numerous factors, including overall health behaviors, general diet, weight, and socio-demographic status. They also discovered that people with mood disorders were not more likely to consume sugary foods, an important marker. This means everyone studied began with a clean slate regarding mental health.
Many of the men who come to CALM for support do so not because they identify as having a mental health problem, but rather some sort of life problem. Divorce, exams, redundancy, failure in the boardroom, failure in the bedroom. Some men will never set foot in a GP’s surgery to talk about having a Read more
Recent findings indicated significant differences in biomarkers of bipolar disorder between men and women. “This suggests that gender is an important moderator of symptomatology in [bipolar disorder] and may point to differing underlying pathophysiology in men and women with [bipolar disorder].”
After the first five-year follow up, men who ate the most sugar, which the authors categorize as 67 grams or more per day—almost twice the amount of sugar intake recommended by the American Heart Association, and roughly three and a half regular sized Snickers bars—had higher rates of mental health diagnoses than those who ate less sugar, Read more
Throughout the emotional ten-hour hearing, transgender advocates and their families begged lawmakers to consider the consequences the legislation would have on the mental health and physical safety of transgender Texans.
Soaring numbers of men are seeking help for eating disorders with cases up by almost half in two years, figures reveal. Experts warn social media and growing pressure to look good are fueling mental health problems.
Men with both obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are much more likely to have depression symptoms compared to men with either sleep disorder alone, suggests a recent Australian study.
Last November the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand called for a new suicide prevention policy, specifically tailored to address suicide risk in rural men of working age following 2013 data that showed that suicide rates in rural men, aged 15-64, were higher than suicide rates in urban men, and higher than the national male Read more
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine says all too often, men in rural areas do not engage with preventative health. Men have been urged to reach out to health practitioners to discuss any physical or mental health issues that may be concerning them.
Only 1 percent of psychologists in the U.S. are Hispanic, meaning that Spanish-speaking men who do seek therapy will probably struggle to find it. In Baltimore, there is only one Spanish-language support group for men who suffer from anxiety and depression.
It is no longer okay for us as a community, or us as a nation to ignore the mental health crisis that is clearly going on with black men in America.
“I’m clearly a textbook case of the silent majority of middle-aged men who won’t admit they’re starved for friendship, even if all signs point to the contrary,” wrote Billy Baker in his recent exploration of male loneliness in The Boston Globe.
A team of researchers has discovered that serotonin (5-HT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) act in opposite ways in males and females to influence aggression and dominance.
Men over 40 who are plagued with the omnipresent of generalized anxiety disorder are more than twice as likely to die of cancer than are men who do not have the mental affliction, new research finds.
Speaking for my gender, there are two qualities that define most men: We seldom like to ask for help, and we do not like to talk about our feelings. Combining the two—asking for help about our feelings—is the ultimate affront to many men’s masculinity.
She said that sisters of her sorority, which is open to all women, including transgender women, act as guardians of one another’s mental health, watching for signs of emotional distress and coming to their aid to share coping mechanisms or just hugs.
Stemming the violence, then, means deconstructing hate. It means considering every element in the creation and enabling of so many psychopaths. And one that tends to be overlooked— widely known but narrowly considered— is the simple fact that almost all mass murderers are men.