Movember – Men’s mental health.


We shared from our last article on prostate cancer that November is the awareness month on men’s health. Various health-related topics are on discussion concerning men and how it affects them.

Introduction to men’s mental health

To give clarity: good mental health is a state of being psychologically fit and free of any psychiatric disorder or illness. In this article we are focusing on those disorders that affect men commonly and their outcomes.

On October 10th was World Mental Health Day. This year, studies and reports were highlighted, that have shown that every 40 seconds a person loses life to suicide. More men are reportedly dying from committing suicide that women.

In addition to suicide there are other issues detrimental to men’s mental health: depression, anxiety, drug abuse, sexual addiction. This cocktail of problems and issues needs to be dealt with clearly. If not life threatening, they can clearly affect a man’s quality of life.

Below are the most common mental health problems that affect men:

  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Undifferentiated Schizophrenia

Clinical presentation of mental problems

There are no distinctive presentations for men or for women. The clinical presentation of mental problems and disorders are unique depending on the affecting illness. It is important to see a medical doctor possibly with specialisation in mental health and discuss problems if they affect your everyday life.

The signs and symptoms of above mental illnesses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Sleeping problems
  • Diminishing concentration
  • Drug misuse
  • Engaging in high risk activities

Not talking is the killing reason

Many societies have a very long lived tradition on believing men are always tough. In some setting, men are not supposed to express emotions. This setting has created phrases such as “Man up” whenever one is in trouble. Crying is even considered less manly, it is then when men are forced to cover their emotions.

Not sharing ones emotion leads to a build up of mentally challenging problems. Eventually the affected person cannot bare the weight anymore and he will also start showing physical symptoms like weight loss or gain, weak immune system and other.

In conclusion

At Urban Care we urge all men to open up to their close ones. Opening up is the primary way to deal with mental problems. It does not have to be a family member, a close friend could be your confidant as well. Whenever resources are available you should also look for professional help.

Going forward we are asking even policy makers to intervene. Making sure enough mental facilities and education on mental health is given. It is very important to have adequate resources quickly available. Some countries have TOLL FREE numbers for people to call and talk with professionals whenever they feel like giving up on themselves. These are small things that are making a difference.