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Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month: Why It Matters and How to Support It

Mental health is an essential part of our well-being, but it is often overlooked or neglected, especially for men. Men face many challenges and pressures in their lives, such as work, family, relationships, finances, and social expectations. These can affect their mental health and lead to various issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people worldwide suffer from depression, and more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Men are more likely than women to die by suicide, with a global ratio of 1.8:1. In the United States, men account for 75% of all suicides, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for men aged 15-34.

However, many men do not seek help or treatment for their mental health problems, due to stigma, lack of awareness, or fear of being seen as weak or less masculine. Men may also have difficulty expressing their emotions, coping with stress, or finding social support. As a result, they may suffer in silence, isolate themselves, or resort to unhealthy behaviors, such as alcohol or drug abuse, violence, or aggression.

That is why Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month is so important. It is a time to raise awareness, educate, and support men who are struggling with their mental health, and to encourage them to seek help when they need it. It is also a time to challenge the stereotypes and myths that prevent men from taking care of their mental health, and to promote a culture that values and respects men’s mental well-being.

What is Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month?

Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual observance that takes place in June in the United States, and in November in the United Kingdom and other countries. It is also known as Men’s Health Month or Movember, as some men grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

The goal of Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month is to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the mental health issues that affect men and boys, and the factors that contribute to them
  • Reduce the stigma and discrimination that prevent men from seeking help or treatment for their mental health problems
  • Provide information and resources on how to prevent, recognize, and manage mental health problems, and where to find help and support
  • Celebrate the achievements and contributions of men who have overcome their mental health challenges, and inspire others to do the same
  • Empower men to take charge of their mental health and well-being, and to support each other

How to support Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month

There are many ways to support Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month, whether you are a man who wants to improve your own mental health, or someone who wants to help a man in your life. Here are some suggestions:

  • Learn more about men’s mental health. Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide. You can find reliable information and resources from various organizations, such as Mental Health America, National Institute of Mental Health, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • Talk about it. Break the silence and start a conversation about men’s mental health with your friends, family, colleagues, or community. Share your own experiences, feelings, and challenges, and listen to others with empathy and respect. You can also join online forums, groups, or campaigns that promote men’s mental health, such as Face It, MenLiving, HeadsUpGuys, Next Gen Men, and Campaign Against Living Miserably.
  • Seek help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, anxious, or suicidal, do not hesitate to reach out for help. You are not alone, and there is no shame in asking for support. You can contact your doctor, therapist, counselor, or mental health professional, or call a helpline, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or the Crisis Text Line at 741741. You can also find online therapy, counseling, or coaching services, such as Thriveworks, that can help you cope with your mental health issues.
  • Take care of yourself. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and they are closely connected. To maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, make sure to:
    • Eat well. Choose nutritious foods that provide energy, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and avoid or limit junk foods, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs.
    • Exercise regularly. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both. Physical activity can boost your mood, reduce stress, improve your sleep, and prevent or manage chronic diseases.
    • Sleep well. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night and stick to a regular sleep schedule. Sleep is essential for your brain function, mood, memory, and overall health.
    • Relax and have fun. Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, hobbies, music, or humor. Make time for yourself and do things that make you happy and fulfilled.
    • Connect with others. Social support is vital for your mental health and well-being. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people, such as your family, friends, co-workers, or community members. Reach out to them when you need help, and offer your help when they need it. You can also volunteer for a cause that you care about, or join a club, group, or organization that shares your interests or values.


Q: What are some common myths about men’s mental health?

A: Some common myths about men’s mental health are:

  • Myth: Men don’t have mental health problems, or they are rare among men.
    • Fact: Men can and do have mental health problems, and they are not uncommon. According to the [World Health Organization], one in four people in the world will be affected by a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives, and this includes men. In the United States, about 18% of men have a mental health condition in any given year, and about 30% of men will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Myth: Men should be strong, tough, and stoic, and not show or talk about their emotions or feelings.
    • Fact: Men have emotions and feelings, just like anyone else, and they are not a sign of weakness or inferiority. Expressing and sharing your emotions and feelings can help you cope with stress, improve your relationships, and enhance your mental health and well-being. Bottling up or suppressing your emotions and feelings can have negative consequences, such as increased anxiety, depression, anger, aggression, or physical health problems.
  • Myth: Men can handle their mental health problems on their own, and they don’t need help or support from others.
    • Fact: Men can benefit from help and support from others, whether it is from a professional, a friend, a family member, or a peer. Seeking help or support is not a sign of failure or dependence, but a sign of courage and strength. Getting help or support can help you overcome your mental health challenges, and prevent them from getting worse or affecting other aspects of your life.

Q: What are some signs and symptoms of mental health problems in men?

A: Some signs and symptoms of mental health problems in men are:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, or guilty
  • Losing interest or pleasure in activities that you used to enjoy
  • Having trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired, restless, or irritable
  • Having difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Having changes in your appetite or weight
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide, or attempting suicide
  • Feeling nervous, anxious, or worried
  • Having panic attacks, or experiencing excessive fear or phobia
  • Having obsessions or compulsions, or performing repetitive behaviors
  • Having mood swings, or experiencing periods of extreme highs or lows
  • Having hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia, or losing touch with reality
  • Having problems with alcohol or drug use, or other addictive behaviors
  • Having problems with your physical health, such as headaches, stomachaches, chest pain, or sexual dysfunction
  • Having problems with your relationships, work, school, or finances
  • Having trouble coping with stress, trauma, or loss
  • Having anger issues, or being violent or aggressive

Q: What are some risk factors for mental health problems in men?

A: Some risk factors for mental health problems in men are:

  • Having a family history of mental health problems
  • Having a personal history of mental health problems, or experiencing a mental health problem in childhood or adolescence
  • Having a chronic or serious physical health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or chronic pain
  • Having a history of trauma, abuse, violence, or neglect
  • Having a history of substance abuse, or being exposed to substances in utero or in early childhood
  • Having low self-esteem, or experiencing discrimination, bullying, or harassment

How to support a man who is struggling with his mental health

If you know a man who is struggling with his mental health, you may wonder how to help him. Here are some tips:

  • Be there for him. Let him know that you care about him, and that you are available to listen and support him. Do not judge, criticize, or blame him, but show empathy and compassion. Respect his privacy and confidentiality, and do not pressure him to share more than he is comfortable with.
  • Encourage him to seek help. Remind him that he is not alone, and that there is help available. Help him find a mental health professional, a helpline, or a support group that suits his needs and preferences. Offer to accompany him to his appointments, or follow up with him after his sessions. Praise him for taking steps to improve his mental health, and celebrate his progress and achievements.
  • Help him cope. Help him find healthy and positive ways to cope with his stress, emotions, and challenges. Suggest activities that he enjoys or that can improve his mood, such as exercise, hobbies, music, or humor. Help him create a routine that includes regular sleep, meals, and relaxation. Help him avoid or limit substances that can worsen his mental health, such as alcohol, drugs, or caffeine.
  • Check in on him. Stay in touch with him and check in on him regularly. Ask him how he is feeling, and what he needs. Listen to him and offer your advice or feedback if he asks for it. Send him messages of encouragement, appreciation, or gratitude. Invite him to join you for social events, outings, or activities, but respect his decision if he declines.
  • Take care of yourself. Supporting someone with a mental health problem can be stressful and exhausting, so make sure to take care of your own mental health and well-being. Set boundaries, and do not take on more than you can handle. Seek help or support if you need it, and do not feel guilty or ashamed. Remember that you are not responsible for his mental health, and that you can only do your best.


Men’s mental health is a serious and important issue that deserves more attention and action. Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness, educate, and support men who are facing mental health challenges, and to encourage them to seek help when they need it. It is also a chance to challenge the stereotypes and myths that prevent men from taking care of their mental health, and to promote a culture that values and respects men’s mental well-being. By supporting Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month, we can help men live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

I hope you found this blog post helpful and informative. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please feel free to leave them below. Thank you for reading! 

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