#FUTURES17 – WEEK 4 – Men’s Health Month

At Netsmart, one of our fundamental principles is being “Cause Connected.” We truly believe in dedicating ourselves and resources to bring awareness to and open up conversations about important topics that affect the communities we serve.

June was Men’s Health Month, which is intended to bring awareness to important topics affecting men’s health issues and healthy living. This week, Engineering FUTURE Jordan Erisman, Consulting FUTURES Andrew Young and Peter Scalia share important information and reflections about the month.

Jordan Erisman – Engineering FUTURE

Although women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with a mental health issue, men often face issues that go untreated. Many times, stress from daily life or pressures in society cause men to avoid visits to healthcare providers. Statistics show that men make about two-thirds as many trips to the doctor and rarely discuss feelings or other problems. Sometimes men do not realize some physical symptoms are caused by a mental health related issue such as anxiety or depression. There is a stigma that men must always be strong both physically and mentally. During men’s health month, it’s important to raise awareness about these issues so that we can eliminate the stigma.

Andrew Young – Consulting FUTURE

Since 1994, Men’s Health has been celebrated for a month every year. Men’s Health Month is dedicated to spreading men’s health information and awareness across the United States and beyond. During the last 20 of those years, Men’s Health Month has had Congressional support that has brought more awareness to the cause. Because of this support the media, individuals and policy makers are given a platform to more effectively spread awareness, provide helpful health statistics and information, and make a significant impact on men’s health.

We all know an older male relative or neighbor that absolutely refuses to go to the doctor. In a nutshell, that’s why Men’s Health Month’s impact is so critical. Men tend to wait to go to the doctor until the issue has become unavoidable. Men are at a significantly higher risk of death than women at any point in their lives. For every 105 male births 100 females are born, but by age 35 women begin to outnumber men. Men make up 92 percent of workplace accidents that result in death. When a man becomes better informed he’s more likely to prevent detectable health problems and begin disease treatment more quickly.

Peter Scalia – Consulting FUTURE

The official website for Men’s Health Month says this about its purpose:

“The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives healthcare 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 response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the U.S. and around the globe.”

Men’s Health Month is a time to focus on diseases in men that are not normally in the spotlight. It’s a month where people can shed light on ways to get tested and get treatment for diseases that men would not normally think to get checked out.

Men’s Health Month is also a time for men to get to know themselves and what is meant by being healthy. Men should know what their BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc. are and they should also know the value of health so they can decide where they stand. Mental health is another important factor of Men’s Health Month. There are plenty of mental illnesses that can arise from being unhealthy and not taking care of yourself.

It is important for men to notice problems and tell someone and/or get help. Men’s Health Month is a time where they can be reminded of what needs to be done to achieve a healthy life.

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