Research highlights support needed for men's mental health

It’s a silent crisis, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

In Canada, four out of five suicides are committed by men. Approximately 10% of men suffer from some form of mental illness. Although that statistic is similar for women (11%), men are much less likely to seek treatment for their illness.

Men’s Health Week (June 10-17) aims to overcome the stigma of mental illness by shining light on what prevents our brothers, fathers, husbands, colleagues and friends from seeking help.

“We have inculcated a culture in our society that men have to be tough, men have to be strong,” says Dr. Dr. Don McCreary, co-chair of Toronto Men’s Health Network, on CMHA’s website. “Weakness is not considered to be masculine.”

Raising awareness is the first step to changing this pattern and reducing the stigma men may face when asking for help with depression and anxiety.

Tilray’s observational research shows that patients are already substituting some of their anxiety and depression medication for high-CBD cannabis products.

According to Tilray Observational Patient Survey data, more than 90% of Tilray patients reported improvements in anxiety, worry and fears. Fifty-six per cent indicated their low mood was improved.

In addition, nearly half (48%) of patients who responded said they had substituted cannabis for their prescribed medication to some degree, with 61% of those patients reporting cannabis had completely replaced their prescription medication.

Clinical researchers are beginning to explore the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on anxiety disorders, depression and other mental illnesses.

In another review of current preclinical data, researchers concluded that evidence “strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely.”

Although more clinical data is needed, researchers said current evidence suggests CBD has potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.

As research into cannabis as a treatment for mental illnesses continues, we can all help by encouraging those suffering from mental illness to seek treatment options without stigma.

Learn more about mental health and resources available to help at this link.