As a result, men have a 350% higher chance of dying by suicide than women, making up 1.5% of all total deaths. And, less than 55% of all men who die by suicide have had contact with a mental health professional. We need to change how men approach mental health if we are to protect ourselves. We need to take men’s mental health, including the unique social pressure men face, seriously and that means gender-based treatment.
The Gooden Center offers a men’s mental health treatment program, designed around the specific needs of men. With treatment designed around your needs, a male-only environment in which no one feels pressured to act a certain way to maintain “face” to someone of another gender, and mental health professionals specializing in men’s problems, our program is designed to offer every man the best possible tract back to a happy and healthy life.
Men and Mental Health
Men face significant and unique mental health problems, with different upbringings, different social expectations, and very different emotional and mental social responsibilities. Men also face increasing loneliness, online pressure, and gender gaps where it is more difficult to find a spouse and to have children. As a result, men are moving “life milestones” further back, while shouldering more responsibility at work rather than in a fulfilling family life.
Social Pressure and Gender Roles – Men face significant pressure from gender roles, especially in the United States. “Manly” is used as synonymous with “tough”, men are providers, men have to be strong. These social expectations heavily influence how and when men seek out treatment. How can you be “Manly” if you also have anxiety? How can you be a provider if you can barely make yourself wash dishes? Men deal with feelings of hopelessness and worry by simply not talking about them, leading to hugely disparate rates of suicide, worsening patterns, and heavier reliance on substances to “manage” symptoms. In fact, while men are significantly under-diagnosed in anxiety and depression, men are 300% more likely to be diagnosed with a drug or alcohol addiction than women.