Opening up dialogue is especially vital when it comes to men's mental health issues. More than 6 million men report depression each year, but it often goes undiagnosed, Mental Health America (MHA) reports.
Here's why: Men tend to report irritability, anger, substance use, loss of interest in work/hobbies or fatigue, which are symptoms of depression not often in the spotlight. Symptoms such as anger or alcohol use typically are not included in depression screenings.
“It could be that we're missing some of those important depressive signs in men," Oliffe said.
Depression and anxiety often occur together, but men experience anxiety disorders independent of depression. More than 3 million men have panic disorder or a phobia.
Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychosis, and eating disorders also affect men in substantial numbers. Sadly, men account for more than 75 percent of suicide victims in the United States, according to MHA.
Military men and veterans have twice the rate of drug and alcohol use compared to women, while gay and bisexual men are more likely to have higher substance use rates compared to heterosexual men.