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Twitter Chat on African American Men’s Mental Health

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For National Men's Health Week, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities co-hosted a Twitter chat on June 16, 2016.

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Welcome to our Twitter chat today with @NIMHD on African American Men’s Mental Health! #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
We’re using the hashtag #NIMHchats for today’s discussion. Please include it in all of your tweets.

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Please welcome NIMH experts Drs. Matthew Rudorfer and Jovier Evans, who will be on hand to answer your questions. #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
Please also welcome NIMHD expert Dr. Courtney Ferrell Aklin, who will be on hand to answer your questions. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Thanks everyone for joining. Let’s get started #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Mental disorders can affect women and men differently #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
How do mental disorders impact African American men and their communities? #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
How do mental disorders impact African American men and their communities? #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Men are less likely to get help, especially African American men. #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among African Americans 15 to 23 years old. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
African American men are four times more likely to die by suicide than African American women. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Untreated mental disorders can make African American men vulnerable to substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration & homicide #NIMHchats

Twitter user @Precious_Gift_1 Atiyah Javeé@Precious_Gift_1
What are some issues surrounding mental health specific to African-American men? #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
@Precious_Gift_1 Take a look at our #BYOMM fact sheet with info on African American men & mental health:  http://1.usa.gov/1UeJqva  #NIMHchats

 Care To The People@caretothepeople
How can men start a conversation about mental health with their doctor? Suggestions of questions to ask? #NIMHchats  https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/743460267418394624 …

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @caretothepeople The best place to start is a man's main concern, which is often physical symptoms and then go from there #NIMHchats

 Maxwell James Agency@MJASpeakers
#NIMHchats What are three strategies someone can implement when affected by the person with mental illness?

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @MJASpeakers first help him find a doctor or mental health professional and make an appointment #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @MJASpeakers Remind your loved one that with time and treatment, he will feel better. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @MJASpeakers Support a friend by reaching out and keeping in touch. More ways to support:  http://1.usa.gov/1WNGoyf  #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
In what ways does depression affect African American men differently than other races and genders? #NIMHchats

 Maxwell James Agency@MJASpeakers
#NIMHchats What strategies can you recommend if the person lacks the awareness of how their behavior affects those around them?

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
@MJASpeakers Continue to engage that person in conversations and tell them specifically how their behavior affects others. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A common belief among the African American community is that being depressed is normal and talking about it is weak #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Although depression is common, it is a serious mood disorder that can affect how you feel, think, & handle your daily life. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Both men and women get #depression, but men can experience it differently than women. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Beyond sadness, men who are depressed often experience anger, aggression, substance abuse, & risky behavior. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Men may be more likely to feel very tired and irritable, and lose interest in their work, family, or hobbies. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Men also may be more likely to have difficulty sleeping than women who have #depression. #NIMHchats

 WeWearTheMask@WeWear_TheMask
What are pressures of mental health that African-American men in college face? How can Colleges and Universities help? #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
@WeWear_TheMask Take a look at our #BYOMM fact sheet on younger African American men and mental health.  http://1.usa.gov/1ZTZW27 #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
Older men may experience different #depression symptoms, like complaining of being a burden.  http://1.usa.gov/1PtUEog  #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of #depression and men, visit:  http://1.usa.gov/SoMW7v . #NIMHchats

 Emotions Matter BPD@embpd
#NIMHchats 10% of those with bpd commit suicide. Why are men not part of this conversation?  http://bit.ly/EMBPDfacts 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @embpd because men are less likely to seek treatment for BPD #NIMHchats

 

 Maxwell James Agency@MJASpeakers
#NIMHchats Why does the African-American community have a stigma about seeking professional help?

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @MJASpeakers Historically, African Americans have relied on religious and social communities for emotional support #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
@MJASpeakers Cultural mistrust of mh & health care professionals in general is common in the African American community. #NIMHchats

 Misty Spock@slygote
@NIMHgov white men much more likely to commit suicide than black men, no?

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @slygote True for older white men, but not across the lifespan. Rates are rising among younger African American men. #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
More information about #depression specific to African American men:  http://1.usa.gov/24QPPfS  #NIMHchats

 Care To The People@caretothepeople
What can be done to encourage more African American men to visit the doctor & talk about mental health? #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
@caretothepeople Ppl can maintain social network of family & community members that support open conversations on mental health. #NIMHchats

 Man Up Man Down@ManUpManDownMSU
@NIMHgov Have you done any research on men's health seeking behavior with regards to going to their primary care physician? #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
. @ManUpManDownMSU Yes, check out this brochure:  http://1.usa.gov/1VfCyvu  #NIMHchats

 Maxwell James Agency@MJASpeakers
#NIMHchats So if this is a cultural issue, do prominent African-American leaders need to begin changing the mindset?

 Maxwell James Agency@MJASpeakers
#NIMHchats Can the African-American churches change the culture's mindset?

 

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
@MJASpeakers Raising awareness of #MentalHealth issues in faith & social communities will help these groups support members. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
African Americans are more likely to experience economic distress, racism, and other social circumstances #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
These factors increase African Americans’ chances of developing depression or other mental illnesses #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
To help start conversations about #MentalHealth, we've launched Brother, You're on My Mind with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. #NIMHchats

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
Use the #BYOMM toolkit to educate the African American communities you serve about #depression.  http://1.usa.gov/24QPPfS  #NIMHchats

Brother, You're on My Mind Toolkit cover image 

Download the #BYOMM toolkit, share resources, & plan an educational event!  http://1.usa.gov/24QPPfS  #NIMHchats pic.twitter.com/4CyrMvWCun

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Other factors may also cause depression such as genetic and biological factors #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Men with a family history of #depression may be more likely to develop it than those whose family members do not #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
#Depression can co-occur with other serious medical illnesses such as #diabetes, #cancer, heart disease, & #Parkinson’s disease #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
#Depression can make these conditions worse, & vice versa #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Sometimes, meds taken for these illnesses may cause side effects that cause #depression #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
A common belief among the African American community is that getting help is the same as telling your business to a stranger #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Medications called antidepressants can work well to treat #depression #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Treatment for mental disorders should be personalized. There's no one size fits all treatment. #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Several types of therapy can help treat #depression. Some are just as effective as medications for certain types of depression #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Therapy teaches new ways of thinking and behaving, and changing habits that may be contributing to the #depression #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Therapy can also help men understand & work through difficult situations or relationships that may be causing their #depression #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
For many people, a combination of meds and psychotherapy is most effective. #NIMHchats

 

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Some clinical research studies aim to understand whether meds work differently in different racial/ethnic groups #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
One current NIMH-funded study is looking at the safety of clozapine in Africans & African Americans w/ Benign Ethnic Neutropenia #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Many patients of African background have a genetically-based low white blood cell count, aka Benign Ethnic Neutropenia (BEN) #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
BEN makes many people of African background ineligible to receive clozapine, which is used for treatment-resistant schizophrenia #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
The study, which has sites in the U.S. & Nigeria, is looking at the safety of clozapine in Africans & African Americans w/BEN #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
The NIMH-funded study is also aiming to understand the genetic underpinnings of this condition #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Learn more about this study and others at  http://www.clinicaltrials.gov . Search for “clozapine” AND “BEN” #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Thank you for participating in our Twitter chat today! Please continue the conversation & share your thoughts #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
An archive of this Twitter chat will be available on our website by next week:  http://1.usa.gov/1cpl5sG  #NIMHchats

 Mental Health NIMH@NIMHgov
Thanks to @NIMHD and to all of you who joined the chat! #NIMHchats

 

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
Thank you for joining today’s chat! #NIMHchats

 

 Health Disparities@NIMHD
You can learn more about our #BYOMM partnership w/ @OfficialOPPF and download the toolkit here:  http://1.usa.gov/24QPPfS  #NIMHchats