Holton Community Hospital History

Men's Mental Health

How Gender Plays a Role in Mental Health

Many factors affect mental health, which is unique to all of us. One of these factors is gender. Research from the World Health Organization shows that standards set by society combined with the biological differences between genders contribute to the nature of mental health in each of us.

The list below from Newport Institute are some of the aspects of mental health unique to men. 

Less Likely to Seek Treatment

Men are less likely than women to be diagnosed with any of the most common mental health disorders, and those who have received a diagnosis are less likely to seek treatment. Yet nearly four times as many men as women die by suicide.

Societal Norms

Society often has standards for gender that can teach boys and young men that they should avoid showing vulnerability or remain emotionally tough. This imposed expectation can result in men downplaying their mental health conditions, being reluctant to acknowledge their struggles, and avoiding seeking help.

Symptoms of Mental Health Conditions

Because men often have a difficult time talking about their CONT’D emotions, their mental health conditions can show up in symptoms like aggression/violence, appetite and weight changes, fatigue, high-risk activities, obsessive thinking, physical issues, and substance abuse.

According to Newport Institute, “Because men often don’t seek help on their own and because their symptoms show up in less obvious ways, male mental health issues are underdiagnosed. That leaves men with common mental health disorders feeling isolated and alone—and ultimately puts them at high risk of suicide attempts.” We want you to know that you are not alone. You can feel better. If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, please reach out for support.