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Let’s Talk About Mental Health in Men!

Lucy AbreuSenior Director, 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.

We launched an Otsuka original video series entitled “Let’s Talk! We’re Better Together” in November 2018 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 about it. Studies show that men represent one of the more reluctant populations to discuss how they feel. Our latest 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 and adulthood. 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. 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.With web series, 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 these initial episodes.  Please share your perspectives on this series, on men’s mental health, or on other topics you would like to see us cover in the comments section. 


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  1. Василий
    Great article. A lot of necessary information for me exactly. Thank you very much and good luck to you
    Administrator CommentThank you for your feedback! We're happy to know that this was helpful for you! Feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel for future episodes.