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Dads, husbands, friends and brothers – your health matters, too

June recognized as Men’s Health Month in Douglas County, new mental health resource available

Posted on June 4, 2024 2024Health and Human ServicesNews and EventsPublic Health



Would you be surprised to learn the early mortality rate is 41% higher for men than women? Men are also significantly less likely to have a primary healthcare provider.

And, more than one-third of men have never spoken to anyone about their mental health even though 31% suffer from depression in their lifetime and 9% have daily feelings of depression or anxiety.

Men’s health is not just a men’s issue, it’s a family and community issue. Advocating that men of every age make their mental and physical health a priority can lead to healthier individual, family and community health.

Your Board of Douglas County Commissioners is starting the conversation by bringing attention to the issue of men’s health. During a regular business meeting in May, the Board formally recognized June as Men’s Health Month.

Men of every age are encouraged to make mental and physical health a priority – and everyone is encouraged to let their fathers, husbands, brothers, sons and friends know it’s ok and important to seek care.

Watch this video to hear personal stories about men’s health from your Douglas County Commissioners.

New in 2024, the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative is offering Mental Health First Aid training including sessions specifically for middle-aged men.

Explore other mental health resources and learn how to connect with care on our webpage. Resources available immediately include:

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