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WHY FOCUS ON BLACK MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH?

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Black men die at an earlier age compared to every other racial and ethnic groups and suffer from some of the worst health outcomes. Yet, we know very little about Black Men’s mental health. Before we can address the mental health needs of black men we first have to listen to their stories to understand their experiences. Black Men’s Experiences Matter!

TRAUMA

TRAUMA

Negative life events such as adverse experiences impact men’s mental health.

DISCRIMINATION

DISCRIMINATION

Exposure to discrimination and differences in power, status, and resources impact men’s mental health.

FATHERHOOD

FAMILY

The quality and nature of connections with family members impact men’s mental health.

FAITH

FAITH

Systems of meanings that provide men with meaning, cohesion, and purpose impact men’s mental health.

COPING

COPING

The presence or absence of coping skills to adjust to the demands of stressful life events impacts men’s mental health.

RELATIONSHIPS

RELATIONSHIPS

Gender-role attitudes related to sex and sexuality impact men’s mental health.

AGING

AGING

Later-in life experiences including increased risk for morbidity and mortality impact men’s mental health.

WORK

WORK

Work conditions and the meaning(s) men attach to work and employment impact men’s mental health.

FRIENDSHIPS

FRIENDSHIPS

Levels of social support and relationships among men impact men’s mental health.