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Meeting men’s mental health needs during COVID-19 and beyond: a global health imperative

Summary

  • The mental health crisis among men worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic warrants close attention given potential long-term impacts on global public health, as well as the unique and gendered responses required to meet men’s needs.
  • We share recent data from online surveys with over 12 million adults across 115 countries that underscore the scale of the mental health crisis among men, including reported feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as worries about food insecurity and household finances.
  • The data further suggest that many men consider mental health a priority and are asking for support.
  • We call for the expansion of evidence-based, acceptable and scalable solutions to promote mental health among men, families and communities.

Gottert, A., Shattuck, D., Pulerwitz, J., Betron, M., McLarnon, C., Wilkins, J. D., Tseng, T. Y., & Interagency Gender Working Group Male Engagement Task Force (2022). Meeting men’s mental health needs during COVID-19 and beyond: a global health imperativeBMJ global health7(4), e008297. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2021-008297

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