Mental health issues affect men and women differently. While women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are over 3.5 times more lethal in their suicide attempts than women. Men are less vocal and emotionally in tune than women. As a result, many men struggle to convey what they are feeling in words. The pressure to “be a man”, provide for one’s family and be self-reliant, when coupled with an inability to express oneself can be detrimental to the mental and emotional well-being of many men. Men are over twice as likely to suffer from alcohol use disorder than women. Men are also more likely to use illegal drugs. Men are far less likely to seek treatment for depression or anxiety than women. Psychology today has referred to this as “the silent crisis of men’s mental health”. If you are struggling with addiction, depressed and/or feel like harming yourself, please know that you are not alone. Many men are fighting the same battles as you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seeking to better yourself is a strength, not a weakness. For more information please see the general community tab.