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Men’s Mental Health Month

Jun 28, 2024 | Featured, Resource Blog

In recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgment of the importance of mental health. Unfortunately, men often find themselves sidelined in these discussions due to unique societal expectations and pressures. The stigma surrounding mental health is particularly severe for men, leading to devastating consequences by preventing them from addressing issues that impact every area of their lives.

June, designated as Men’s Mental Health Month, serves as a crucial reminder to shine a spotlight on this issue and proudly announce that men need therapy too! Traditional gender roles often compel men to internalize their struggles, believing they should handle everything independently. As a result, many suffer silently rather than seeking the necessary support. The fear of being perceived as less masculine or capable further compounds these challenges, creating significant barriers to seeking help.

A staggering seventy-seven percent of men experience symptoms of common mental health conditions, yet forty percent have never discussed their mental health with anyone. Shockingly, in 2021, the suicide rate among men was four times higher than among women. These statistics highlight the consequences of societal expectations on mental health in men. 

Depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses can profoundly impact relationships, work performance, physical health, and overall well-being when left unaddressed. By encouraging men to break their silence and seek help, we can mitigate these risks and prevent more severe problems from developing. During Men’s Mental Health Month, let’s tear down the stigma by fostering open, honest conversations among men and challenging outdated stereotypes of masculinity that demand emotional suppression. Every individual deserves the right to acknowledge their emotions and seek professional support without fear of judgment or weakness.

Raising awareness and promoting education about men’s mental health is crucial. By equipping men with information about common issues and available treatments, we empower them to recognize when they need help and to seek it confidently. As a society, we must actively shift the narrative around men’s mental health by celebrating positive role models who openly discuss their struggles and by cultivating supportive environments where emotional expression is valued and encouraged. Employers also play a vital role by implementing mental health initiatives in the workplace and fostering cultures that prioritize well-being. Accessible mental health services and resources should be universally available, ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender, can access quality care.

Men’s mental health matters deeply. By challenging stereotypes, combating stigma, and promoting open dialogue, we can create an inclusive environment where individuals feel empowered to prioritize their mental well-being. Let’s take decisive steps to ensure that every person feels supported in seeking the help they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. If you’re thinking about using therapy to help with that, please reach out to us. We’re happy to help support you.

Beth Orns, owner and licensed therapist at Better Together Mental Health.
Rachel Sabulsky is a therapist at Better Together Mental Health.
Anna Cox, licensed therapist in Columbia, Missouri.

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