A look at men's mental health to wrap up Movember series
By John Ackermann
One in five Canadian men will experience a mental health issue this year, but how many will actually get help for it?
News1130 concludes a week-long Movember series on men's health with a look at a topic few guys are willing to talk about: their feelings.
"That hormone that makes men masculine -- testosterone -- tends to blind men, to risks in their lives," explains UBC Urologist Dr. Richard Wassersug.
It's those masculine tendencies that also make us reluctant to talk about what bothers us or seek professional help.
Wassersug says male mental health is a vastly under-treated area of medicine. "Women, if they're feeling truly depressed, will go to doctors... patients in general don't go to doctors... Male patients don't go to doctors, typically in a timely fashion."
He adds while statistics show women may attempt suicide more often, "men achieve it more often than women."
"If you're supposed to be a man and be tough and tough it out and not complain, then the severity of mental health problems... can become catastrophic, reaching points of suicide and so forth," warns Wassersug.
Depression affects 840,000 Canadian men every year; 2,800 commit suicide.
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