June is Men’s Health Month

Every month commemorates some cause, and June is no exception. I just noticed that last week was Men’s Health Week and  the entire month of June is Men’s Health Month. Because men are considered to be the ‘privileged’ sex in this society, I think that we tend to also just assume that they are stronger and are in better health.  But national campaigns like one for breast cancer almost give off an idea that other diseases are less of a concern. The truth is that men live shorter lives than women and that men also have health issues, including concerns about mental health. According to Menshealthmonth.org, the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

While going through the site, I came across several brochures about men’s health, including a whole separate one about men’s mental health! ‘Your Head: An Owner’s Manual–Understanding Depression, Anxiety and Stress’ , one in the series of brochures by Men’s Health Network, it is a plain spoken, short read that actually takes into account the situation that the reader must be in to seek such a brochure. Their publication for general health, Blueprint for Men’s Health, is also available here in a PDF format.

There are a few more days left in this month to celebrate Men’s Health Month, so if you’re so inclined, wear blue and talk to your male friends and loved ones about the importance of their health.

 

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3 Responses to “June is Men’s Health Month”

  1. Also… did you know that May was “Mental Health Awareness Month”? What would you want people to be “aware” of when it comes to mental health? I gave the question a little thought myself, here. Interested to hear your perspective as someone who lives this reality…

  2. altmentalities– Well, I’m being a bit picky, but the official name is “Mental Health Month.” Apparently, it doesn’t have “awareness” in it. I posted stuff about it, with most of the content courtesy of Mental Health America (they also had a bunch of stuff to tweet for that month, so I posted those here, too). I did think that the whole “1 in 4” thing was a smart concept by MHA, but I thought the fact that they had two themes for this month detracted from the first theme that they had. Because there is a Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, I tend to think that MHM should focus on the reality that just as people should care for their physical health, we all have to care for our mental health, too. I think we often associate ‘mental health’ with some thing that only the mentally ill need to worry about, but that’s not true. Everyone should maintain a good mental health just as we should maintain a healthy weight.

    I think an initial campaign that concerned themselves with including everyone—not just people feeling sad—-might lead to creating awareness about mental health issues to a broader number of people. People need to be aware of what mental health is before they’re exposed to illnesses specific to the mental condition.

    I’ll think more about this question, and get back to you. In the meantime, thanks for the question, and hope you have a good day.

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