The men's health crisis begins early in a male's life. School years are especially difficult and damaging for many boys. Thousands of
elementary children are treated with drug therapy each year for hyperactive behavior in the classroom. The vast majority of these children are boys. Additionally, boys aged 10-18 are four to five times more likely than
girls to commit suicide. Teenage boys also represent over 90% of those taking steroids and growth hormone to "build-up." The results of steroid and hormone intake on boy's health are devastating, including
leukemia, enlarged hearts and immune response failure. School sports also take a toll on boys. Over 300,000 young men are injured every year in high school and college football with over 15,000 requiring surgery.
Finally, over 60% of high school drop-outs are boys.
The MHN will work with public and private schools to set-up young men's health programs. These programs will attempt to raise the consciousness of school systems
about the problems of male physical and mental health at all grade levels. The programs will also actively instruct young men on a variety of important subjects often ignored in today's education. These include diet,
violence, physical and mental health maintenance, risks of sports injuries and the threat of substance abuse including use of steroids and hormones).