Let’s Talk About Mental Health in Men!

Lucy AbreuDirector, Corporate Communications

Lucy leads the Corporate Communications and Public Relations functions at Otsuka. She is committed to creating and executing digital, social and corporate marketing strategies to promote core company strengths in an inspiring and innovative culture that is grounded in Japanese roots. Lucy has over 20 years of experience in global digital and social media marketing, corporate communications, broadcast, print and web journalism. She serves on the Rutgers University Design Thinking Advisory Board and volunteers as a Girl Scout Troop leader.

As November has become “Movember” to raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing mustaches, I’m excited to introduce an Otsuka original video series entitled “Let’s Talk! We’re Better Together” that we created to encourage conversations about mental wellness.  Social stigma is an intimidating reality for many people suffering with mental illness, so the last thing one may think to do is talk.   One of the more reluctant populations to discuss how they feel is men. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, about 1 in 5 US adults, or 43.8 million people, experience mental illness every year.  Unfortunately, only 41% of adults with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year.  This lack of treatment doesn’t just reflect a lack of access, but also the stigma associated with mental wellness. And for men in particular, stigma remains a major obstacle to treatment. The first episode of our “Let’s Talk! We’re Better Together” series underscores Otsuka’s intention to inspire a broader conversation on the subject. We asked four male Otsuka employees to share their thoughts about men’s mental health, to address misperceptions associated with mental illness, and to provide their recommendations about what others can and should do to ensure mental wellness. 
Mental health remains one of the greatest public health issues facing America.According to Mental Health America, men are less likely than women to seek help for depression, substance abuse, and stressful life events due to a reluctance to talk, social norms, and a tendency to downplay symptoms of mental health disorders.  It isn’t an insignificant problem. For instance, over 6 million men suffer from depression each year, and male depression often goes undiagnosed.Our second episode of “Let’s Talk! We’re Better Together” features employees that were college athletes, and follows a very candid conversation that follows their transition from student-athlete to 9-5 job adulthood.   With these two episodes, our hope is that by talking about this important health issue, we can help get the word out that men do experience mental health conditions, that it is OK to talk about them, and that help is available.  At the end of the day, if these videos encourage others to speak to trusted people in their lives, and/or seek out the help of a healthcare professional, we will have done our part.This “Let’s Talk” video series is just the beginning.  In the coming months, we hope to use this platform to discuss other crucial health topics that include women and cover topics that include parenting, professionalism, and relationships.In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you about this initial episode.  Please share in the comments section your perspectives on this series, on men’s mental health, or on other topics you would like to see us cover. 
Episode 1 of "Let's Talk! We're Better Together"
 October 2018           01US18EUC0222
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