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Men and Mental Health Resources


As many solo travelers know, the wear and tear of Country hopping can cause significant stress. When combined with the loneliness that comes with solo travel and unexpected emergencies (lost /stolen money or goods, or health issues ), it is easy to see how continuous travel has the ability to negatively impact mental health. Like with all things in life, too much of anything is not necessarily good. Creating a healthy balance within all areas of our lives truly is the best prescription for achieving long-term success, mentally as well as physically.


As ardent solo travelers ourselves, we understand the importance of fostering a positive environment within the areas of mental health. For many Male solo travelers, it seems as if this area has simply been overlooked. It is for this reason we chose to include this very important section.


While stress and mental illnesses affect both men and women, the prevalence of mental illnesses in men is often lower than women. Men with mental illnesses are also less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. However, men are more likely to die by suicide than women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental disorder is the first step toward getting treatment. The earlier that treatment begins, the more effective it can be.

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Learn more about taking care of your mental health.

Warning Signs

Men and women can develop most of the same mental disorders and conditions but may experience different symptoms. Some symptoms include:

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness

  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge

  • Increased worry or feeling stressed

  • Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs

  • Sadness or hopelessness

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions

  • Engaging in high-risk activities

  • Aches, headaches, digestive problems without a clear cause

  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior

  • Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life

  • Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people

Mental disorders can be treated: If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor or visit NIMH’s Help for Mental Illnesses webpage. Communicating well with your health care provider can improve your care and help you both make good choices about your health. Read about tips to help prepare and get the most out of your visit. For additional resources, including questions to ask your health care provider, visit the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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Media Advisory: NIMH Experts Available to Discuss Mental Health Concerns Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

April 07, 2020 • Media Advisory

Experts from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are available to speak on a variety of topics related to mental health and the coronavirus pandemic, such as the effects of the pandemic and isolation on those with and without mental illnesses; healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, and loneliness; how to talk with children and teens about the coronavirus; and how people can find mental health help and support if they need it.

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Some of the mental disorders affecting men include:

Federal Resources

What is PTSD?

This short educational video from the National Center for PTSD describes PTSD. (For more Info please visit the website)


Men in the Middle Years

This video from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center spotlights men between the ages of 35 and 64, who have a suicide rate that is more than double the national average.

Health Hotlines

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call or text 988 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Support is also available via live chat. Para ayuda en español, llame al 988.

  • Veterans Crisis Line: This helpline is a free, confidential resource for Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Call 1-800-273-8255, press "1"; text 838255; or chat online to connect with 24/7 support.

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 for free and confidential support 24 hours a day throughout the U.S.

  • Disaster Distress Hotline: People affected by any disaster or tragedy can call this helpline, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to receive immediate counseling. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained professional from the closest crisis counseling center within the network.

  • More NIH Information Lines

(Note: This excerpt was taken from The National Institute of Mental Health for informational purposes only)

For further information and /or resource help, we encourage you to visit the NIMH website



For many of us as men, we can sometimes understand the inherent daily challenges and struggles that come along with the daily grind and simply being a man. Quite often a critical area that we sometimes overlook is the importance of the mental health and well-being of our children. 


A great organization at the forefront of addressing some of these issues that directly impact the mental health and well-being of our children is the Social Media Victims Law Center. For further information, we highly encourage you to visit their website to learn more about this very important topic affecting our children and young people today.


Overcoming Addiction: Finding Hope in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is one of the most challenging and widespread issues facing millions of Americans in their lifetimes. It's a relentless struggle that not only affects the individuals caught in its grip but also their families and communities. However, the silver lining in this dark cloud is that there is hope through effective treatment and rehabilitation.

Understanding Addiction

Addiction is a complex and chronic brain disease characterized by the compulsive use of substances despite harmful consequences. It can impact anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. The road to addiction is often paved with feelings of desperation, isolation, and despair, making it vital to seek help and support as soon as possible.

The Path to Recovery

Thankfully, there are numerous treatment options available to help individuals overcome addiction and embark on the path to sobriety. Recovery is a journey that requires commitment, resilience, and professional guidance. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach, as each person's experience with addiction is unique, but there are common elements in most effective treatment programs.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities

Across the United States, there are thousands of drug and alcohol rehab facilities dedicated to helping those in need take the necessary steps to reclaim their lives from the clutches of addiction. These facilities offer a range of services and programs designed to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction.

Treatment options may include:

  1. Detoxification: The first step in many rehabilitation programs, detox helps individuals safely manage withdrawal symptoms as substances leave their system.

  2. Therapy and Counseling: Various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family counseling, provide the tools to address underlying issues and develop coping strategies.

  3. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): For some, medication can be a crucial component of recovery, helping to reduce cravings and prevent relapse.

  4. Support Groups: Peer support is invaluable, as it provides a sense of community and understanding that can be vital in maintaining sobriety.

  5. Aftercare and Relapse Prevention: Long-term recovery often requires ongoing support, including relapse prevention strategies and access to resources to help individuals stay on track.



Choosing the Right Treatment

With numerous options available, it's essential to find a treatment program that aligns with an individual's unique needs and circumstances. No one should have to face addiction alone, and the right treatment can make all the difference in the journey to sobriety.

Taking the First Step

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, the time for a change is now. Reach out for help and take that critical first step towards recovery. There is hope, and there are people and facilities dedicated to guiding you through the process.

Contact REHABSPOT (866) 472-0477 now to find a rehab facility today.

Remember, recovery is possible, and there is a brighter future beyond addiction. Reach out, seek help, and take that courageous step toward a healthier and more fulfilling life.

                   Nyke Paul

                   Community Outreach Specialist

Opioid Abuse in Veterans: Recognizing Risk Factors, Signs, and Ensuring Dignified Treatment


Veterans returning from deployment face a unique set of challenges as they transition back to civilian life. They often grapple with the aftermath of their military experiences, including physical injuries and emotional trauma. Sadly, these challenges have contributed to a concerning opioid epidemic among veterans. It is crucial to acknowledge that our veterans are our nation's most valuable assets, deserving of dignity, respect, and comprehensive support, especially when they need help with issues like opioid misuse and addiction.

Opioid Misuse in Veterans: The Facts

Veteran opioid abuse statistics provide a sobering look at the extent of opioid misuse within this population. A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed the following data from an annual survey:

  1. 2.5% of veterans misused opioids within the year before the survey, including both prescription painkillers and heroin.

  2. In the veteran population, 490,000 individuals misuse prescription painkillers, 57,000 use heroin, and 53,000 misuse both heroin and prescription painkillers.

  3. Oxycodone was the most commonly abused substance among veteran opioid misusers, with 9.4% choosing this drug.

  4. Opioid use disorder (OUD), the clinical term for opioid addiction, is relatively uncommon among veterans, with only 0.5% of veterans aged 18 and older diagnosed with OUD.

Despite the relatively low rates of OUD, opioid misuse poses a significant threat to veterans' lives. Studies have shown that veterans are twice as likely as the general population to die from an accidental opioid overdose.

Risk Factors for Opioid Addiction and Overdose in Veterans

While not every returning veteran will struggle with opioid misuse, several risk factors make some veterans more vulnerable:

  1. PTSD and Other Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders: PTSD is more prevalent among veterans, and it often coexists with substance use. Nearly one-third of veterans seeking treatment for substance use disorders also have PTSD.

  2. Chronic Pain: War-related injuries can lead to chronic pain, increasing the risk of opioid misuse. Combat-wounded veterans are more likely to misuse opioids than civilians.

  3. Military Sexual Trauma (MST): MST is a significant risk factor for opioid misuse, with those who have experienced MST being 50% more likely to develop OUD.

  4. Lack of Support: Social isolation due to mental health issues or chronic pain can lead to opioid misuse, and isolation also raises the risk of fatal overdoses.

  5. Homelessness: Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness, which significantly increases the risk of OUD.

  6. Barriers to Health Care: Limited access to healthcare can result in a lack of oversight and education, making misuse and overdose more likely.

Signs of Opioid Addiction in Veterans

Recognizing the signs of opioid addiction in veterans is crucial:

  • Mood swings

  • Secretive behavior

  • Not adhering to prescribed medication doses

  • Neglecting relationships and hobbies due to opioid preoccupation

  • Inability to cut back on opioid use

  • Developing a high tolerance, requiring larger doses

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using

Treatment and Support Options for Veterans with Opioid Use Disorder

Treatment options for veterans struggling with opioid misuse and addiction include:

  1. Therapy and Psychiatric Medication: Therapy helps address underlying issues contributing to addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure, is particularly effective for veterans with co-occurring PTSD and OUD.

  2. VA Naloxone Access: Veterans at risk of opioid overdose can access naloxone for free, potentially saving lives in the event of an overdose.

  3. Support Groups: Peer support groups provide veterans with a safe space to connect with others who understand their challenges and reduce stigma associated with seeking help.

  4. Involvement of Friends and Family: Involving loved ones in treatment can provide social support and guidance for families on how best to support the veteran in recovery.

  5. Drug Rehab: Inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs offer a combination of counseling, medication management, and support groups, tailored to the veteran's needs.


Our veterans have sacrificed and served our nation with honor, making them our most valuable assets. They have earned the right to receive help and assistance in their time of need, especially when facing challenges like opioid misuse and addiction. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that veterans receive dignified treatment and support as they navigate the road to recovery, recognizing the risk factors, signs, and available resources to combat opioid abuse within this deserving population.


Help for Veterans Struggling with Opioid Addiction

If you’re a military veteran seeking opioid addiction treatment, The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper is here to help. They are a part of the VA Community Care Network, and they offer group therapy specifically for trauma. Their team is trained in helping veterans, so they are prepared to offer the support you require to heal. Verify your insurance benefits today so you can get started with treatment.


Nomhle Mcunu |Outreach Specialist 

761 Cuthbert Blvd Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


The Psychological Impact of Mesothelioma: Exploring Common Mental Health Conditions



Mesothelioma, a rare and often advanced-stage cancer, not only poses significant physical challenges but also takes a toll on mental well-being. According to research published in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, approximately 35 to 40 percent of cancer patients, particularly those with advanced stages of the disease, experience diagnosable psychiatric disorders. This article delves into the common mental health conditions associated with mesothelioma, shedding light on the psychological challenges faced by individuals grappling with this formidable illness.

Depressive Spectrum Disorders:

A mesothelioma diagnosis can evoke a range of emotions, including sadness and hopelessness. Approximately 25 percent of cancer patients experience major depression, and it is crucial to differentiate between normal emotional responses and a clinical condition. Major depression is characterized by persistent symptoms lasting at least two weeks and interfering with daily functioning. Recognizing these signs is essential for timely intervention.

The American Cancer Society outlines key symptoms of major depression, including pervasive sadness, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, weight changes, sleep disturbances, fatigue, guilt, feelings of worthlessness, and even suicidal thoughts. It's worth noting that side effects from mesothelioma treatment may mimic depression symptoms. Therefore, individuals experiencing these issues should communicate openly with their healthcare providers to ensure appropriate support.

Anxiety and Stress Disorders:

Fear and worry are natural responses to a mesothelioma diagnosis, encompassing concerns about treatment, symptoms, mortality, and the impact on loved ones. However, when these concerns escalate and persist, they may develop into anxiety disorders. The American Cancer Society identifies three common anxiety and stress disorders associated with mesothelioma:

  1. General Anxiety Disorder: Characterized by chronic worry, restlessness, and a pervasive sense of unease, general anxiety disorder can significantly impact one's daily life.

  2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A mesothelioma diagnosis can be traumatic, leading to symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and heightened emotional arousal. PTSD requires specialized treatment and support.

  3. Various Stress Disorders: Mesothelioma patients may also experience additional stress disorders, further highlighting the need for a comprehensive approach to mental health care.

Support and Intervention:

Recognizing the intersection of physical and mental health is crucial in addressing the holistic needs of mesothelioma patients. If you or someone you know is struggling, it's important to seek help promptly. The link between mesothelioma and mental health is undeniable, and resources are available to provide support.


Mesothelioma not only presents formidable physical challenges but also takes a toll on mental health. Understanding and recognizing common mental health conditions associated with mesothelioma, such as depressive spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders, is pivotal for timely intervention and support. By acknowledging the psychological impact of this rare cancer, we can pave the way for a more comprehensive and compassionate approach to patient care. If you or someone you know needs assistance, don't hesitate to click the link / reach out through resources like "Mesothelioma and Mental Health."

Here are some additional helpful Mesothelioma resources we encourage you to review:


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