Men and Mental Health

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Did you know over six million men are affected by depression each year? Despite high levels of mental health challenges, men are less likely to utilize social services and get help. Check out more on how we can better address men and mental health.

This blog is part of a series addressing mental health issues in a variety of communities. Consider checking out our other articles on minority mental health and homelessness mental health

Men and Mental Health

Did you know over six million men in the US experience depression at any given point? In fact, one in five men experience a mental health illness each year, including anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis, just to name a few.

In addition to mental illness, suicide is a significant concern among the male population. Men are four times as likely to die by suicide when compared to women. This number increases when considering the intersection of social determinants of health, such as among men experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, or food insecurity.

Despite the prevalence of these mental health challenges, men are significantly less likely than women to seek help. This is for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Reluctance to talk
  • Societal norms
  • Downplaying symptoms
  • Current stigmas
  • Lack of resources

Health and human service organizations typically focus on the mental health of women and children. This is an admirable aim, as these demographics represent two of the most vulnerable communities in the US. However, it highlights the disparity that currently exists for mental health services geared towards men.

The better we can understand the state of mental health among men, the better we can bridge these gaps that exist in community care. 

Whole Person Care and Mental Health

Addressing mental health is critical to comprehensive care for any health and human service organization that works with men. One of the most effective ways to do so is through whole person care.

Whole person care is ensuring that all aspects of a person are treated; this includes not only physical medical care but social, emotional, and mental help as well. Even if organizations do not directly provide resources for mental health, they can utilize community care coordination to ensure that those they serve can find the care they need.

Research has shown that such community care coordination is not always easy to achieve. Non-profit organizations are often limited in time and scope, and what energy they do have is funneled towards those they serve. To help mitigate the challenges that arise from community care coordination, many health and human services use case management systems.

Case Management and Men’s Mental Health

Case management helps social service organizations coordinate resources, keep track of those they serve, and record progress. It is an important part of ensuring that mental health continues to take a forefront in coordinated care.

ClientTrack® is an industry-proven case management system for health and human services, including those focused on mental health. Reach out here to schedule a demo with our team today.

The Future of Mental Health

The good news is that our communities are continuing to fight the stigma surrounding mental health. The more we can talk about the issues that face those we serve, the more we can facilitate positive changes. While mental health challenges in men are on the rise, they don’t have to be. Every step towards whole person care through community care coordination is one step closer to bridging the gap for men and mental health.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, know that there is help. Consider reaching out to these resources below:

  • SAMHSA Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention Line: 800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

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