Mental health challenges can affect anyone. However, men may feel pressure to conform to outdated cultural expectations. See how to find resources that can help.
6 million men suffer from depression every year. However, men are significantly less likely than women to seek treatment for mental health challenges.
Men may be more likely to cope with mental health challenges in harmful ways, like excessive drinking or substance use.
Men may be diagnosed with depression less often because of a tendency to deny illness, self-monitor symptoms, and self-treat.
Men are more likely to die by suicide, often due to untreated depression.
Because of social expectations and gender stereotypes, men often face unique barriers in recognizing and addressing mental health challenges and having their feelings taken seriously. Men may brush off emotions, like sadness or hopelessness, as “stress,” which can lead to misdiagnosis.
Old-fashioned ideas of masculinity can also prevent men from getting adequate care. Men may feel pressure to “toughen up” when it comes to coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Ideas about masculinity can also affect LGBTQ+ men, especially transgender men, who may face discrimination and violence. Gender expectations can also hide challenges in men that are often seen as feminine, such as postpartum disorder, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia.
Ending the stigma around men expressing their feelings can help more men be open about their mental health challenges and help them get the support they need.
From support, to urgent needs, to frequent care, It’s Up to Us has a range of resources specifically designed to treat men’s mental health challenges.Use Our Resource Tool