Men experience mental health differently and show symptoms that may not be obvious to the rest of us when they are going through tough times.

Men are also less likely to talk about their emotions, due to societal and cultural expectations around masculinity.

If a man you know is dealing with grief, depression, anxiety, or other challenges to his mental health, he may show it through:

  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Increased substance use
  • Risk taking behavior

When a man you know is struggling, reach out to him, spend time with him, and when he does tell you how he's feeling, listen. Many men report that they don't feel like they are heard when they do open up to someone. If he's brave enough to talk to you, be sure to be present and just listen.

More information on men and mental health

Supporting a man you care about when he’s struggling

Depression, anxiety, stress and other challenges to our mental health affect men and women alike, but poor mental health has a disproportionate impact on men.

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Dr. Glenn Most discusses men's mental health for the Let's Talk campaign on KMGH's "Mile High Living." Glenn talked about why it's so important for men to talk more openly when they feel overwhelmed by life, and how all of us can support a man we know if he's struggling.

Centura Health Behavioral Health Service Line Director Doug Muir talks about the need for all of us to reach out to the men we know when they are dealing with challenges to their mental health, and offers an important tip to ensure you have the tools you need when you do.

Dr. Erin Baurle of Stride Community Health Center talks with Gina Belich about how all of us, especially wives, mothers and girlfriends, can help a man struggling with challenges to his mental health.

Geoff Grandi and his wife, Whitney, spoke with Kim Posey from Fox31 about Geoff’s anxiety and depression, which almost led him to take his own life. Geoff talked with Whitney about his struggles, and with her support he sought treatment. They now enjoy a much happier life, a stronger marriage, and delight in raising a wonderful son, Woods.

Thank you to the Grandis for their honesty and for sharing their important story!