Hello Friends of MHA Arizona!
Did you know that men and women experience and express the symptoms
of depression differently? It's true. Women are much more open about
their symptoms of depression, such as sadness and emptiness whereas men
tend to conceal, deny or express depression through anger or risky behavior.
The stereotypical "tough guy" image is often a barrier to diagnosis
and treatment for men, especially older men. For many older men,
depression means being weak or vulnerable, which dramatically conflicts
with the "tough guy" image they so often subscribe to. Depression is a
key factor in attempted or death by suicide and older men in America die
by suicide more than any other age or gender group.
Breaking down the stigma of depression through awareness and education
will result in more people being treated and recovering from this very real
and common illness. Please read and share the article below about how
Stereotypes Keep Men from Care.
To become more aware of the symptoms of depression and for a free and
confidential depression screening, go to www.mentalhealthscreening.org or
www.depressionaz.com. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide,
call the National Mental Health Association's Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-
Mind you health because mental health matters!
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Mental Health Association of Arizona
6411 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ph 480.994.4407 ext. 16, Fax 480.994.4744