| June 9, 2021 |
Men are at greatest risk of suicide but least likely to seek help. An estimated 72% of males don't seek help for mental disorders. Some factors that contribute to this reluctance are the stigma around seeking mental health treatment and men’s tendency to keep feelings to themselves. This means serious issues like depression can go untreated.
Recently, digital tools have begun transforming behavioral healthcare for men. Virtual therapy sessions, online support groups, mindfulness and symptom-monitoring apps, and text-based counseling are expanding access to mental health care.
The increase in digital options is also destigmatizing psychiatric illness, enabling people to seek help anonymously, and empowering men to take an active role in their recovery. Digital health offerings can help men take that first step toward accessing care and provide anonymity if stigma is a concern or they have a fear of appearing weak and vulnerable. Digital tools are helpful for men to overcome their reluctance to seek out care in traditional ways.
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