Numerous researchers have recently stated that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. This is based on robust evidence that men have high rates of various mental health issues.
These include elevated rates of suicide and substance abuse, as well as low rates of mental health service use. Sadly, male gender often intersects with other variables to produce even higher rates in some sub-groups.
Rob Whitley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, explores the factors behind high rates of mental health problems in men.
Read the article in its entirety here.
There are an estimated 43.8 million adults in the U.S. living with mental illness. The most devastating statistic is that 60% of the people with a mental illness will not seek help. The consequences of this can be tragic, especially among men. Men are less likely to seek treatment for their condition and sadly have a suicide rate nearly four times higher than that of women.
“Mental health conditions often go undiagnosed in men,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “We all need to do our part to combat the unfitting stigma that is associated with mental illness. Talking to someone about mental health issues and taking steps to address them are signs of tremendous courage and strength.”
DeKalb CSB encourages men to seek help early!
The stigma associated with mental illness can be difficult for some men to overcome. Although, by seeking help before a mental illness has time to progress, can significantly improve the effectiveness of treatment and help individuals get back to living happy and healthy lives.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health issue contact DeKalb CSB Central Access at 404-892-4646 to speak with an Intake Counselor. The intake counselor will schedule an in person assessment at our Winn Way Intake Office and will work with you to identify a convenient location for continued services. All calls and services are confidential and available to individuals with our without insurance.