Men's Health Month
During the month of June, Men's Health Month is an opportunity to raise awareness for healthcare for men and to encourage boys, men, and their families to practice a healthy lifestyle. One way for men to practice a healthy lifestyle is taking care of their mental health and wellbeing, as men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women, accounting for 78% of suicides in the United States. Below, our Network shares resources to bring awareness to men's mental health.
June 15, 12-1pm ET
Disparities in diagnosis and treatment continue in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color despite increased awareness and targeted programs, and African American men are no exception. The pandemic may have exacerbated these concerns. This webinar will address the disparities in the care of mental illness in African American men and discuss potential solutions.
Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW, associate professor of Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, facilitated two panel discussions, which included black and brown men talking about their experiences with mental health services. Participants acknowledged that mental health conditions were often stigmatized within the community, which in turn discouraged open discussions in the home.
African American boys age 5-12 are more likely than any other age group to succumb to suicide. It is imperative that we unite to both fully illuminate and mitigate this situation. The Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) will continue its efforts to increase the awareness, skills and knowledge of behavioral and primary care practitioners by providing training, position papers, infographics and other resources.
An important step in reducing disparities and expanding access to care for men of color is to leverage relationships in the community to help de-stigmatize conversations about mental health in a setting men may feel more comfortable talking. In this on-demand recording, Lorenzo Lewis shares about the important work of The Confess Project and their efforts to teach barbers how to be active listeners, how to validate clients' responses, and how to eliminate mental health stigma by using positive language.
An increasing number of Black boys ages 5-12 are dying by suicide at disturbing rates. The Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center partnered with media company Never Whisper Justice to produce Reimagining Wellness: Preventing Suicide Among Black Boys, a new four-part vignette series that addresses this acute trend. These short films feature interviews with experts who share their unique perspectives on improving well-being and reducing mental health disparities among Black male youth.
At least 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused by the time of their 18th birthday and this number and proportion increase with 1 in 4 men experiencing sexual abuse or assault at some point across their lifespan. This presentation addresses myths related to sexual abuse and assault in boys and men, addresses barriers to their receipt of mental health services, and provides ways that mental health providers can support male survivors in their healing journey.
Other Organizations Offering Awareness Resources for Men's Mental Health
June 1, 1:30-2:30pm ET
June 7, 8-9pm ET