ALBANY, Ga. (RAPCO MEDIA)-On this Father’s Day, it’s important to reflect on how many men may be struggling with depression and wondering if they can make it to another day.

Mental health has become a prevalent topic in recent years, with more and more people speaking out and seeking help for their struggles.

However, there is one demographic that is often overlooked when it comes to mental health – men. The rise of men’s mental health awareness is gaining attention due to the rise of suicides reported nationally, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

As to a reported by WALB Journalist, Lenah Allen suicide rates have been on the rise across the country, and this is also the case in Dougherty County, Georgia. The root cause behind many of these incidents is mental health issues, particularly among men.

In fact, men die by suicide nearly 4 times more often than women. This stark statistic is reflected in the number of suicides seen in Dougherty County, with 13 male suicides reported in 2023, and 3 already this year one thousand six hundred twenty four total for the state of Georgia according to the CDC. These numbers are alarming and have sparked action from mental health advocates.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 6 million men live with depression every year. This common mental illness often starts in adolescence, with 1 in 4 female adolescents and 1 in 10 males in the United States being affected.

According a study by NAMI in February 2021 adults in Georgia have a mental health condition the numbers were staggering. Unfortunately, adolescent depression is a major risk factor for suicide, which is the cause of over a third of all American adolescent deaths. This highlights the urgent need to address mental health in young men and provide them with the support they need.

When discussing adolescent depression, it is important to consider the developmental and gendered aspects of this mental illness. Risks factors such as non-suicidal self-injury, adverse childhood experiences, and substance abuse, all play a role in the development and severity of depression in adolescents. It is essential that we address these factors and provide support and resources to help prevent and treat depression in young men.

As the world continues to change going back to the pandemic, stress, isolation, and economic difficulties, all of which can contribute to mental health issues.

In addition, the use of social media has also been linked to an increase in mental health concerns among young men.

For those struggling with depression, seeking treatment is crucial. However, there are many clinical barriers and stigmas that can prevent men from seeking help. It is important to break down these barriers and encourage men to prioritize their mental well-being.

Men’s mental health is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. The rise in suicide rates and the prevalence of depression among men cannot be ignored any longer.

It is essential that we continue to bring awareness to this issue and provide resources, support, and treatment for those in need.

If you or anyone you know may be experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can call 988.

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