2016 CACS No Shave November Challenge

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Join CACS for the 4th Annual Men’s Mental Health Challenge: No Shave November

The No Shave November campaign is an effort to reshape the conversation, lift the stigma and tackle issues of men’s mental health. Men of all ages, ethnic origins, and walks of life are affected. Mental health and well-being are equally important to physical well-being. It is now well documented that the two are linked and many of the things that help with our physical health also improve our mental health.

Mental health issues are treatable health conditions that affect more than 6 million American men every year. A major illness men deal with is depression, it can touch every part of a man’s life – eating, sleeping, working, studying, and free time. It can take the joy out life. It affects all the people who care about a man – friends, spouses, partners, parents, and children.

These health problems in men can often go undiagnosed or untreated. The reasons for this can often be attributed to a lack of awareness that there is a problem in the first place. There is additional pressure due to associated stigmas (shame and embarrassment).

Most of the time, men are more willing to acknowledge physical symptoms rather than emotional feelings. It is these physical symptoms, and other signs such as alcohol or drug dependence, that require greater recognition by men as possibly pointing toward an underlying illness of a mental disorder.

The most important step is to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Whether it’s your doctor, your family, your friends, or an anonymous person on a support line – advice and effective tools are available. Different health professionals can provide different types of support. It’s very important to find the right mental health professional to suit your individual needs.

We encourage men in the community to show support by “Letting it Grow”. For more information visit our website at cacsnet.org.

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