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Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day
On Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day, it’s time to bust the stigma that discourages men from talking about their mental health and seeking help if problems emerge.
While rates of mental illness are comparable between men and women, men are less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for their illness. Yet, up to 10% of men experience paternal postpartum depression, and 80% of people who die by suicide are men.
We should all be aware that men’s symptoms of depression may include physical pain, anger or irritability. Intervening early is the best predictor of a healthier adulthood, so the mental health of adolescent boys and young men needs more attention and resources.
We encourage everyone to learn more about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and talk honestly with the men in their lives. On this day we are reminded that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, and everyone should feel comfortable seeking help.
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