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"Be open..." Health Officials Ask Men to Check on Their Mental Health this Month

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"Be open..." Health Officials Ask Men to Check on Their Mental Health this Month

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI)- November is national men's health month. It's a time when health officials advocate for men getting their physical health checked, but it's also a time for men to check on their mental health.

Anyone can struggle with mental health, but the latest studies show men are less likely to seek help.

Recent studies show men were three times more likely to commit suicide compared to women.

MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH

Mark Collins, chief clinical officer at the Hamilton Center, said statistics like this are troubling.

"These are life-threatening illnesses," He said. "And we see this day to day in the suicide rates."

Collins said there isn't one mental illness that affects men more than women. Mental illness can affect anyone of any status. Still, these troubling statistics can be prevented. But, Collins said the stigma surrounding men stops them from seeking help.

"Sometimes it's looked upon as a deficiency," He said. "Men aren't supposed to cry. Men aren't supposed to show emotion. They are individuals that are strong."

Collins said loved ones can begin breaking down these stigmas. He said if you notice strange behavior, be sure to sit down and talk with your loved one.

"Be open," Collins said. "Non-judgmental and receive people where they are at."

Collins said small things like this can help the wider narrative surrounding mental health and seeking treatment.

"I think we just have to do a better job of trying to educate," Collins said. "Break that stigma. Make it widely accepted to be okay, to seek treatment. Just be widely accepted to have a conversation."

If you or a loved one needs help, you can learn more about the Hamilton Center, here.