Around 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience a mental health problem in a given year.

The highest rate of depression is in men aged 40 - 59

On average 87 men each day take their life by suicide in the USA

Mental health: Why it matters

Anyone, of any age, can be affected by poor mental health. Many men find it difficult to share their problems and try to remain ‘strong and silent’ rather than getting support when it’s needed, despite the detrimental effect this can have. It’s important to be proactive about your mental health, be aware of risk factors and symptoms, and stay connected with your friends and family.

How to access support

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem, the most important first step is to talk to someone. Whether it’s your doctor, your family, your friends, or an anonymous person on a support line – advice and effective tools are available.

Get immediate support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visit the website or call 1-800-273-8255

Other recommended services

Provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.

Created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) to promote the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth.


is a men’s depression resource funded by the Movember Foundation and provides guys with information and practical tips to manage and prevent depression.

Risk factors

There are a number of factors that have been linked to an increased risk of experiencing poor mental health, including:

  • Previous family or personal history of mental health problems
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Serious medical illness
  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Unemployment, homelessness, conflict or other stressful life situation

If you feel you or someone you know is at risk

It's important that you say something. Contact your doctor, a mental health professional or one of the support services listed above.

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