Making a Game-Changing Choice

June 15, 2016

Can you imagine the heated reaction if Bill Belichick refused to put Tom Brady in until the end of the game? How about if Big Papi was benched in a playoff game? You’d be surprised, upset, outraged even. But why then when it comes to physical and mental health do so many men wait until the second half, the final inning, stage four to make a game-changing play? Just like a game without the star quarterback or home run hitter, the end result is determined by the actions leading up to it and men in particular need to be extremely proactive in maintaining their health.

Men die at much higher rates from the most common forms of cancers. They die about six years earlier on average from cardiovascular disease than women. The suicide rate for men is about four times that of a woman. These are all serious, life-threatening issues but often reasoning like “There’s probably nothing wrong,” “I’d rather tough it out,” or “I don’t have the time” get in the way. Taking action takes courage but it provides the best opportunity for a happier and healthier life.

Reaching out before a problem reaches crisis point is critical. It can dramatically impact your quality of life. June 13-19 is Men’s Health Week. To some it might just be another week, but for those who have been putting off seeing a doctor or a counselor, it might be the right time to make a change. Take the first step today with an anonymous mental health screening at http://massmen.org.