Shining a Light on Men’s Mental Health

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

During June, it is especially good to encourage the men and boys in your life to make their mental health and safety a priority. Throughout the week of June 12th, we are acknowledging Men’s Mental Health Week and how you can support the over 6 billion men that are affected by depression.

While both genders are just as likely to experience depression, men might not be as open to seeking help for depression, substance abuse or stressful events due to social norms, reluctance to talk, or downplaying symptoms. Some symptoms men may display related to depression are being very tired and irritable, lost interest in their work/family/hobbies, and difficulty sleeping.

Being someone that will listen and lend a hand can be extremely helpful in reducing any mental health stigma and helping people get the help they need. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders in your community. Contact Bergen’s Promise at communityresources@bergenspromise.org if you would like to attend, or schedule a Mental Health First Aid course in your community to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues.

In addition, there are a lot of valuable resources available in Bergen County to help. BergenResourceNet helps you easily find programs, services, groups and events available throughout Bergen County for those living with anxiety and depression or addiction.

Sources:
*https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/men-and-mental-health/index.shtml
*https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/men-and-depression/index.shtml
*http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/infographic-mental-health-men
*https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-about-men/201702/mens-mental-health-silent-crisis