Talk About It

We know that men are carrying a lot of extra mental weight in the midst of COVID-19. 66% of men say they rarely even discuss the toll that COVID-19 has been taking on their mental health (according to the MENtion It educational campaign and survey by Cleveland Clinic).

Navigating work, family and health is challenging during this time. It can pile up and feel overwhelming and hopeless. 

Reaching out is crucial. Especially now.  

•    Mental health concerns affect roughly 1 in 4 adults in the United States every year.

•    Depression can affect anyone, but the highest rates are among men 40-59 years old.

•    70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends, but worried about asking for help for ourselves.

•    On average, 87 men commit suicide each day in the US, and 3 out of 4 suicides in the US are men. Globally, on average, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day.

Need to talk to someone? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or Lifeline Crisis Chat

Learn more about mental health, especially for men, here.

What MO are you doing?

•    Join Be Well Community-Your Daily Dose of Self-Care and Connection from Burrell Behavioral Health

•    Take a quick, anonymous quiz to gauge your mental health here.

•    Tell a trusted friend about something that's bothering you.

•    Make an appointment to talk to a counselor.

•    Help others in mental health crisis by becoming Mental Health First Aid certified.

•    Check out this guide for more local resources.

Need more ideas for your One MO Thing?

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Springfield Fire Department Training Captain Steve Sweaney