For Men Only (and those that love them)

Maintaining A Healthy Body And Mind

When you’re feeling pretty good about yourself, chances are you’re happy at home, hitting the gym, doing well at work, and simply enjoying all that beautiful San Diego has to offer.

The reality, however, is that times are tough and life circumstances can be challenging. In August, for example, the unemployment rate in San Diego County was 10.2 percent and California was second only to Nevada among states with the highest unemployment rates.

But whether it’s dealing with finances, loss of a job, or a relationship problem, significant change in mood is something to be concerned about.

Men often ignore issues like chronic pain, fluctuating weight, lack of sleep, and digestive problems, which could actually be physical symptoms of stress and anxiety or other mental health problems. Historically men have shown a tendency to bottle up stress and refuse to talk about it. This makes the problem worse.

But stress should not be brushed off lightly as it can trigger chest pains or lead to a potential drop in testosterone levels.

To prevent these symptoms from persisting, talk to someone that can help, like your healthcare provider, or check out our website for men to help you identify symptoms for anxiety, stress, depression and to learn about local resources.

Dr. Jean Bonhomme of Men’s Health Networks says although anger is a normal feeling, it’s also one of the few emotions that society has permitted men to show openly. Men then often convert other negative emotions (like fear, pain, loss, anxiety, or feeling vulnerable) into anger. But it’s important to realize there is something deeper going on when these feelings aren’t going away.

Your physical and mental health are more closely associated than you think and small changes will significantly improve your overall well-being. Simple changes like spending time with buddies and loved ones or working out for 30 minutes serve as a good start.

Call (800) 479-3339 for immediate help.

Trained and experienced professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk with you

Call 2-1-1 for local resources that can help you get through tough times.

This hotline connects you to community agencies that assist with employment, health problems,housing, legal issues, relationship problems, alcohol and drug problems, etc. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211sandiego.org

Veterans call 2-1-1 to reach Courage to Call

This Helpline by Veterans for Veterans is available to all active and former members of the military and their loved ones. You’ll be connected to someone who knows exactly what you’re going through thanks to a peer-to-peer support program.

Men’s Health Network www.menshealthnetwork.org

This network provides a variety of information specific to men’s physical and mental health.