Mental health in men has been generating much attention these days as major male celebrities are coming forward and opening-up about their personal struggles with various disorders. Deadpool actor, and People’s Magazine Sexiest Man Alive, Ryan Reynolds, recently opened-up about his battle with anxiety and how it can often be crippling on and off set. In addition, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently revealed that he battles with depression and how it has impacted his personal and professional life. Also, Zayn Malik from the group One Direction, has been vocal about his struggles with an eating disorder.
Mental illness is a serious issue, yet it often goes undiagnosed in men. The stigma associated with it impacts men coming forward to seek professional help which often proves fatal. Over 6 million men suffer from depression. Statistics show that over 75 percent of the suicide victims in the United States alone are men. Relatively, men are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide versus their counterparts.
Also, when it comes to eating disorders, there aren’t any biases there either; even though it is under-reported in men. About 1 in 4 men suffer from eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia, with binge-eating accounting for 35 percent of the disorder in men. That was a 70 percent increase in a 6-year period from 2010 – 2016. That figure does reflect progress in men coming forward, but men still associate eating disorders with woman.
Guys, I just want you to know that it is OKAY not to be okay. Pressures of the world will come, and we all have our limits. It is important to take the necessary measures to assist with the improvement of any form of mental health that you may be dealing with. I’ve been there, and you are not alone. The world needs you here.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255