Mental Health is a “Silent Crisis” Among Men and Boys
Bridgewater, N.J. (June 4, 2013) – June marks Men’s Health Month, a special awareness period to help educate men, boys and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventive health practices. GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the import role mental health plays in overall health for men and boys.
Mental health for men is being called a silent crisis, a sleeper issue that has crept into the minds of millions. At the heart of the problem are new and emerging pressures for men, stemming from changes in societal dynamics at work, in family, and personal life.
Women seek health care in much greater proportion than men. Men, on the other hand, traditionally shy away from the health-care system, and we are only now starting to understand why that is.
“Men tend to view partners and friends as primary health sources. When they do reach a physician, men tend to focus more on physical problems, and are less likely to discuss deeper emotional issues,” said Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, PC. “Perhaps most influential are perceptions around male masculinity. As it is seen ‘unmanly’ to discuss weakness, mental issues become masked and often go undiagnosed. Recognizing these barriers is only the first step to overcoming illnesses that might be weighing on a man’s mind. Greater understanding of new and emerging mental illnesses for men is equally as important, and hopefully the following will help to raise your awareness.”
About GenPsych, P.C.
Founded in 2005, GenPsych is one of New Jersey’s premiere providers of outpatient behavioral health services. GenPsych is dedicated to helping clients regain their emotional and physical health in a safe, supportive environment. With four New Jersey locations in Brick, Bridgewater, Lawrenceville, and most recently Livingston (one additional location is in Sumter, SC) GenPsych’s team of elite professionals offer a continuum of high-quality mental health care and life enhancement services for each client’s specific needs.