June recognized as Men’s Mental Health Month

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – June is Men’s Mental Health Month, and a national observance is being used to raise awareness for men’s mental health care.

In May, the nation observed “Mental Health Month,” but June shines a spotlight on men’s mental health.

According to therapy director Erin Duff of Highland Hospital, men are more likely to commit suicide.

Many men struggling with depression or anxiety don’t seek help. Places like Highland Hospital are ready to help.

“Sometimes men don’t because they may fear stigma or think they can handle things on their own. This must not be the case. There is plenty of help available for men to seek out and depression and anxiety are a reality,” Duff said.

At Highland Hospital, they provide inpatient services. Those who struggle may voluntarily admit themselves to Highland.

Patients could be there from 72 hours to 2 weeks depending on the situation. Duff says sanity is not a weakness.

“I think it’s important to recognize men’s mental health because often men don’t recognize it themselves. We focus a lot on the mental health of women and children as we should, but we often don’t think men struggle. Men are often seen as strong and in power and that they cannot show weakness,” Duff said.

Duff says there are things men can do to improve their mental health.

“It’s important for men, especially because often they don’t do things for themselves. Maybe they’re not focusing on their sanity. We often think about physical health with men or maybe focus on it a bit more. In June, it’s nice to get out and move. Especially in West Virginia, hiking, outdoors, on the water doing different things like that,” Duff said.

Those who need help can call 1-800-273-8255 or contact the nearest mental health facility.

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