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June is Men's Health Month: Focusing on Development for Adolescent Boys

It's time again for Men's Health Month, an entire month out of the year dedicated to raising awareness about boy's and men's health and wellness. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle for all the men in our lives is always essential. However, June allows for a particular focus on the subject and offers extra support, especially to those in need of dual diagnosis treatment. Unfortunately, issues with men's mental health are a stigmatized subject in our society. Because of this, experts believe that many men are currently suffering from things like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorder yet are not seeking mental health treatment. This issue extends to boy's mental health, as well. Since so many mental health disorders start during adolescence, it is critical to shine a light on this societal blind spot to prevent substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, and suicide. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, our team strives to bring awareness to this critical issue of men's health. We have developed programs to ensure that all of our residents receive the treatment they need to live a full life. Learn more by calling Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.

Mental Health in Adolescent Boys

The developmental period in boys ages 10 to 19 is tremendously integral in determining their mental health status throughout the rest of their lives. During this period, boys and young men are the most susceptible to adverse experiences such as abuse and violence. It's also during this time that substance abuse disorders often begin to take root. Almost all substance use disorders can be connected to other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Unfortunately, many of these mental health issues begin in the adolescent developmental phase. As a result, it should be clear that a candid conversation about boys' emotional and mental condition and the possibility of mental health treatment is critical.

How to Support Your Son's Mental Health this June

It's not always easy to broach the subject of men's mental health with your son, but it is critical to do so. That's why Men's Health Month exists. It's not just a time to observe the importance of men's health and wellness; it provides a doorway for parents to start a dialogue with their son about the importance of self-care and being open and honest about their mental health. Here are some ways for you to support your son's mental health this June.

Lead by Example

One way to create an open conversation about mental health with your son is by being honest about your own mental health. You can be vulnerable and show him how common and normal it is to struggle emotionally and mentally at times. As a result, you will have laid the groundwork for them to do the same.

Support Your Own Mental Health

Much of the learning your son will do from you is through observation, not conversation. If you're not caring for your mental health, it's likely to have a profound effect on your son's mental health. Not only will practicing self-care make you a more mentally healthy and effective parent. However, it will also show your son that seeking mental health treatment is not a cause for embarrassment.

Teach Them Healthy Habits

Physical health is inextricable from mental health. You can instill in your son that sleeping well, eating well, and exercising is crucial to their wellness. In doing so, you will have made significant strides towards ensuring a lifetime of mental and emotional stability.

Learn More at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center

Boy's mental health may get a special spotlight in June, but it's something that deserves attention all year round. If you think that your son could benefit from mental health and substance abuse treatment, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at 662.373.2828 today.