The following article is from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). While this material has been expert-reviewed, it is not NIMH or MHANYS intention to provide specific medical advice. Both MHANYS and NIMH advise readers to consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to personal questions.
While mental illnesses affect both men and women, the prevalence of mental illnesses in men is often lower than women. Men with mental illnesses are also less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. However, men are more likely to die by suicide than women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental disorder is the first step toward getting treatment. The earlier that treatment begins, the more effective it can be.
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Learn more about taking care of your mental health.
Men and women can develop most of the same mental disorders and conditions but may experience different symptoms. Some symptoms include:
Mental disorders can be treated: If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor. Communicating well with your health care provider can improve your care and help you both make good choices about your health. Read about tips to help prepare and get the most out of your visit.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA offers publications addressing the specific needs of men.
Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) has additional resources that can be accessed through its main website. These resources include links to advocacy and policy work, school-based programs, mental health wellness training programs and more.
Advocacy and Policy
Mental Health Community Partners
SMHRT: Family Education
National Institute of Mental Health: Mental Health Information Health Topics www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics