Not only is June Men’s Health Month, but today starts Men’s Health Week, which conveniently leads up to Father’s Day.
Health Facts from the Men’s Health Network:
On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American
In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women.
Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.
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Depression in men is more likely to be undiagnosed contributing to the fact that men are 4 x as likely to commit suicide.
- Among ages 15 to 19, boys were 3.1 x as likely as girls to commit suicide.
- Among ages 20 to 24, males were 4.6 x as likely to commit suicide as females.
- The suicide rate for persons age 65 and above: men 31.5 – women 5.
Life can be busy and hectic and sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves, but these statistics show why it is critical to keep regularly scheduled checkups and start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Prevention is important in the early stages. Now is the time to visit with and encourage the men you love to find low cost and free screenings near them, attend health clinics, or start the health program recommended by their physician. It is not too late! Learn more about Men’s Health Week and find resources at menshealthmonth.org.
It can also be hard to ask for help…
What Alvis has to offer:
One of Alvis’ behavioral health services is a cognitive-behavioral treatment program called Recovery Choices with skills practice sessions that give individuals the tools they need to improve their decision-making skills, enhance coping abilities and build healthier drug- and alcohol-free lives. The program is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Professional staff are appropriately licensed as well as experienced in providing treatment services designed to address the complex substance abuse treatment needs of individuals with criminal justice involvement. Ours is a comprehensive program that begins with a thorough assessment, continues with in-depth substance abuse treatment services and the development of a personal relapse prevention plan. Aftercare is a critical part of this program, offering follow-up support and opportunities to put the concepts discussed during the program to practical use in each client’s life. Alvis turns lives around!
Show Your Support!
Also in June, on Friday the 19th, is wear blue day for men’s health. Wear blue to raise awareness for education about men’s need to seek regular checkups, or testicular cancer education, prostate cancer education, or other health issues that affect men including cardiovascular disease, skin cancer, lung cancer, diabetes, gout, depression, addiction, and more.
Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.