Historically, men have been the main victims of violence, accidents and addictions. In each year between 1950 and 1990, men accounted
for 70 - 80% of all deaths due to suicide, homicide and accidents. Suicide takes the lives of over 25,000 men each year. In virtually all age categories, men commit suicide at many times the rate of women. Moreover,
destructive addictions also remain a major health and psychological problem for men. Recent studies have shown that men are chronically under-diagnosed for depression and other mental diseases. In part, this is due to
the fact that men are far less likely to seek psychological counseling than are women. Many men have been taught to believe that therapy is unmanly. Additionally, the private psychotherapeutic community, in many cases,
steers away from men who are perceived as unstable or threatening. Men are far more likely than women to be referred away from private care and to public mental health clinics, which are generally understaffed and
A major focus of the MHN will be to improve the mental health care picture of men. The mental health care professionals who are part of the MHN coalition will network with others around the country to
provide the men with a comprehensive mental health education and referral service. Additionally, the MHN will work with governmental health agencies and private mental health care professional organizations to ensure
that male-specific mental health problems receive adequate attention, emphasis, research and funding.