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June is Men’s Health Month | Men and Mental Health

Men’s Health Month

June marks the beginning of summer, the Father’s Day holiday, and a focus on men’s health. This month, men are encouraged to take better care of themselves, physically and mentally. Men’s Health Month features a number of activities designed to bring attention to the need for men to get checkups, to become more physically active, and to learn more about caring for themselves. A focus on men and mental health is especially important during these challenging times.

Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month was established in 1994, during the month of June to coincide with Father’s Day. The goal is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

The focus on men’s health, and particularly on men and mental health, is critical. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion states that on average, men die five years younger than women, and die at higher rates from nine of the top ten causes of death

Mental Illness in the US

Mental health can often affect physical health and vice versa. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.

In general, women experience mental illness at a higher rate than men. However, the percentage of women who seek treatment for their mental illness is, in some cases, significantly higher. For example, NIMH statistics reveal that more women with serious mental illness (71.5%) received mental health treatment than men with serious mental illness (57.7%) in 2017.

Men and the Mental Health Stigma

Given the numbers regarding men and mental health, though, a disproportionate percentage of men contemplate and commit suicide each year. In fact, statistics show that men died by suicide at a rate of 3.54 percent higher than women in 2017.

In addition, 62,000 men die due to alcohol-related causes, as compared to 26,000 women. Men are two to three times more likely to misuse drugs than women. Depression and suicide are ranked as a leading cause of death among men, yet men are still less likely to seek treatment than women.

There is a continuing stigma among men about mental illness and substance abuse, even as more becomes known about the biological causes of both diseases. Many men still see their mental health challenges as a personal issue and attribute them to a lack of personal fortitude. They may feel pressure to be strong, rather than admitting they need help.

Men and Depression

The researchers at NIMH estimate that more than 6 million men in the US experience depression each year. Major depression has been found to be one of the most common mental disorders in this country. For some men, major depression can result in severe impairments that interfere with their ability to carry out everyday life activities.

If left untreated, depression can lead to personal, family, and financial difficulties. With appropriate diagnosis and treatment, however, most people recover. The darkness disappears, hope for the future returns, and energy and interest in life becomes stronger than ever.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Men who are experiencing mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, grief, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) might be tempted to turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Unfortunately, the use of drugs and alcohol tends to make the mental health issue worse. There has also been research indicating that men who are addicted to drugs and alcohol can be more susceptible to the effects of mental health disorders, such as PTSD.

Mental Health Treatment for Adult Men

Men’s Health Month is a good time to understand the relationship between men and mental health. Learn how to be a healthier you by reaching out to PACE Recovery Center. We specialize in treating men battling addiction or mental health disorders. Our team of physicians, doctorate-level clinicians, and master-level therapists can help you get on the road to lasting recovery.

During the coronavirus pandemic, our dedicated staff is taking every precaution to safeguard your health. Learn more about PACE’s COVID-19 response.

PACE Recovery Center Celebrates 4 Years!

PACE Recovery

PACE will be honoring our Four Year Anniversary by having a special alumni and staff celebration today, which will include food, fun and fellowship.

As a young adult male, sober since 19, and a therapist who referred my clients to extended care programs, I started PACE out of my vision to create a safe haven for sober men to connect with one another, a brotherhood.

Over the last four years we have grown into a 24 bed residential extended care program with a stand alone IOP and a day treatment program.  Our Clients can participate in our dynamic services ranging from our educational program, PACE Academy, to our family program. We have continued to build our curriculum – offering our clients as many services as needed to help battle their chemical dependency and behavioral health issues. Additionally, we received a 3-year CARF Accreditation within the last year. Our goal is to continue growing and helping the needs of young adult men, not so that we are the largest facility, but the most comprehensive.

-Lenny Segal

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Recovery in 2016

Happy New Year Pace Recovery

Here are 10 quotes to help inspire your recovery in 2016. The men of Pace Recovery wish you a happy and successful New Year.

  1. “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” –Thomas Paine
  2. “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” -Louis L’Amour
  3. “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” –Unknown
  4. “Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” –Unknown
  5. “If I quit now I will soon be back to where I started, and when I started I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.” –Unknown
  6. “Success is not owned. It’s leased, and rent is due every day.” –JJ Watt
  7. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin
  8. “The most important thing is this; to be able to be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become.” –Eric Thomas
  9. “The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost
  10. An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humanity, kindness, empathy, and truth.”

The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man replied “The one you feed.”

 

Honoring Our Veterans 2014

Flag and Flowers at the Vietnam Veterans MemorialEvery year on this day we stop to honor our veterans…

Yes, it is November 11, 2014. All of us will take a few minutes out of our day to acknowledge what each veteran of our Armed Services has contributed to our lives. Last year you may remember that we featured two of Pace Recovery’s treatment team who both served in the United States Marine Corp – Sean Kelly and Victor Calzada. Today people will gather together to share memories, visit war memorials, stop by a Veterans Hospital to visit a loved one or just to be part of this day to say thank you.

A special poem

Years ago we came across a beautiful poem that was written in 1860 by William Whiting. We would like to share it with you today, and while it expresses gratitude to all sailors…it touches all those who gave part of their lifetime to serve our country.

The Watch

For twenty years,
This sailor has stood the watch

While some of us were in our bunks at night,
This sailor stood the watch

While some of us were in school learning our trade,
This shipmate stood the watch

Yes…even before some of us were born into this world,
This shipmate stood the watch

In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen
brewing on the horizon of history,
This shipmate stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there,
Needing his guidance and help,
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times,
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for twenty years,
He stood the watch so that we, our families,
And our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety,
Each and every night,
Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

Today we are here to say:”Shipmate…the watch stands relieved.
Relieved by those YOU have trained, guided, and lead
Shipmate you stand relieved…we have the watch!”

“Boatswain…Standby to pipe the side…Shipmate’s going Ashore!”

– William Whiting, 1860