Men represent 79% of completed suicides in our nation, yet only 5% of those who are struggling will utilize outpatient mental health treatment. In fact, in the time you spend on your average sixty-minute lunch break, three men will take their own lives in our country.
It’s a tough pill to swallow, men’s mental health in America. Honestly, there’s no shortage of males who are struggling in our nation. Just like women, they deal with the emotional turmoil that comes hand in hand with being human. So, why then is it that men struggle so much with reaching out for support? Why is it so hard for them to talk about their mental health?
During his interview, Duane went on to discuss how as a culture we groom men into certain gender roles, and can punish them for displaying anything that’s seen as “outside the box”. This can be really damaging to our young boys mental health. In fact, the trauma associated with consequences surrounding being vulnerable by displaying emotions can last a lifetime without the intervention of mental health support.
We would like to thank Duane for taking the time to speak with us and for the impactful work he does to foster resiliency in Montana youth. If you would like to refer a child to one of our AYA therapeutic group homes in Boulder, please contact us today through our website or call 406-245-6539.