Fight ED to Improve Your Mental Health
June isn’t just the official kickoff month to summer.
The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) announced that June is Men’s Health Month, focusing on mental health, while the International Men’s Health Week is June 14-20, 2021.
We couldn’t be happier! At Oakwood Health Network, we know mental health affects physical and sexual health. We’re doing our part to bring it to everyone’s attention.
Move for Your Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic affected our emotions and our relationships. We weren’t as active, and some of us gained weight and felt down.
This year, the theme of Men’s Health Month is Move for Your Mental Health. Everyone can learn new things about mental health, and men are encouraged to set some personal goals and take action for themselves.
COVID-19 and Mental Health
During the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics showed more symptoms of anxiety, depression, and even PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) in one of every five Canadian adults.
68% of affected adults said their mental health suffered since COVID-19 began.
Men’s Mental Health Statistics
Yes, the proof is there that mental health issues affect us all.
But many men overlook their mental health issues. Sometimes, people just assume that women feel more comfortable talking about it, while men don’t want to open up or seek help. It’s referred to as a silent epidemic, and it can be a killer.
A man’s vulnerability to mental health issues shows in global suicide statistics. Around the world, suicide rates show that men take their lives almost twice as much as women. In Canada, the 2019 suicide rate was 16.4 per 100,000 men. For women, the ratio was lower at 5.1.
Erectile Dysfunction and Mental Health
For years, we have known that erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur because of physical and mental health issues. Multiple studies back this up. Men suffering from ED often suffer from mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or both. Some researchers show that men with ED faced an increased risk of depression — up to 192% — with depression rates that are 2.92 times higher in ED patients than in other men.
And yet, less than 25% of men feel comfortable seeking help to treat their ED issues. We want to change that!
ED and Mental Health Can Go Hand-in-Hand
Here is the takeaway:
- Mental health issues can be a root cause of ED. When a man’s mental health is affected daily, it can also affect his sexual performance, and he may suffer from an inability to get and maintain an erection.
- If a man’s mental health isn’t behind his ED at first, his mental health can still be affected. Studies show how ED lowers the psychological well-being of men.
How Oakwood Health Network is Helping
Men with erectile dysfunction often feel anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. We understand these concerns, and we want to help our patients all year round. But during Men’s Health Month this June, we’re making donations to the Men’s Health Foundation in honour of our patients.
- For each new patient, we are donating $100 to the Men’s Health Foundation
- We’ve created a special unreal promotion for this week only!
For any man suffering from ED symptoms, this is your time to take action. Improve your well-being and your mental health! You are worth it.