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Men’s Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Men’s Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Statistics show that men are less likely to receive mental health treatment than women. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health complication is important. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), common symptoms of mental health disorders in men are:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • Misuse of alcohol, drugs, or both
  • Persistent sadness or feelings of hopelessness
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Aches, headaches, or digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life
  • Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people
  • Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts

It is okay to seek help for your mental health. Much like getting help for a physical health condition, such as heart palpitations or flu symptoms, it’s important to get help quickly if you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health crisis. Click here to view Valley Health’s outpatient and virtual mental health services.

*If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, immediate help is available. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers available 24/7. Dial 988 to connect with the lifeline.


Not sure where to begin? Check out these resources including a mental health test

Take a Mental Health Test - Mental Health America (MHA)

NIMH - Men and Mental Health

National Mental Health Hotline 

Infographic: Mental Health for Men - Mental Health America (MHA)