Thursday, July 18, 2024

June is men’s mental health month

It is no secret that men commonly avoid seeking help for mental health issues and often try to handle them on their own.

Senior Social Work Lecturer at the University of Botswana, Poloko Ntshwarang says, “Men’s Mental Health Month, observed in June, serves to shed light on the mental health struggles faced by men, dismantle deeply-ingrained societal stigmas and encourage open conversations about men’s mental well-being, as well. This observance promotes awareness, education, and support for men dealing with various mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and suicide. Men’s Mental Health Month is often ignored because there may be a lack of awareness or understanding regarding the specific mental health challenges that men face. This could result in limited resources, services, and support networks available specifically for men’s mental health. Insufficient resources can contribute to the perception that men’s mental health is being overlooked.”

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