Depression continues to be the leading cause of disability in the United States. As stated in the 1999 U.S. Surgeon General's report on mental health, about 20 percent of adults will experience depression during their lifetime. Of this 20 percent, it is estimated that 6.4 million American men suffer from depression each year. While women and men can both develop the standard symptoms of depression, their experiences with and coping strategies for depression are often different. Men's experiences with depression often differ with respect to signs, stigma, social norms, and responses from those around them. Additionally, male depression poses a significant risk for other adverse consequences including substance abuse and suicide. Although three times as many women attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide. This grant supports a symposium to take place November 6, 2007, at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Public Affairs Center, in Washington, D.C., and will feature the confirmed luncheon speaker, former Surgeon General David Satcher. A series of multi-disciplinary and multi-ethnic speakers will convene at the symposium for the purpose of advancing understanding of cultural barriers to awareness and treatment of male depression among health professionals, legislators and the general public. Invitees will also include representatives of national partner organizations, leaders from the Congressional Black, Latino and Mental Health Caucuses, policy makers, health care reporters, program directors, clinicians, chaplains, social workers, researchers and others dedicated to men's mental health. This symposium will serve as a starting point for the professional discussions and public awareness of male depression that the Men Get Depression campaign hopes to generate.
Amount Awarded $25,000.00
Awarded on: 7/27/2007
Time frame: 9/1/2007 - 11/30/2007
Grant Number: 62340