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We're missing a major mental health crisis: Teen boys are struggling, too
The Washington Post, by Jennifer Fink, April 14, 2023
Sheila Hedstrom-Pelger, a nurse in Chandler, Ariz., thought she knew the signs of depression. She had sought professional help for her oldest son, Alex, when he admitted feelings of hopelessness, sadness, anxiety and suicidal thoughts while in high school. But when her second son, Tyler, started verbally lashing out at her when he was a teen, Hedstrom-Pelger didn't consider depression as a possible cause for Tyler's out-of-character behavior.
"I took it personally," she said. "I assumed he was upset with me."
Only after Tyler's suicide at age 17 did Hedstrom-Pelger learn that "irritability is a sign of depression and anxiety" for many males, "not just a 'boy being a boy' or 'being a teenager,' " she said.
Being male is the biggest risk factor for suicide, yet that fact isn't widely known, says Richard V. Reeves, author of "Of Boys And Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What To Do About It" and a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. In the United States, nearly four times as many males die of suicide than females, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
A silent crisis in men's health gets worse
Across the life span -- from infancy to the teen years, midlife and old age -- boys and men are more likely to die than girls and women
The Washington Post, By Tara Parker-Pope and Caitlin Gilbert, April 17, 2023
A silent crisis in men's health is shortening the life spans of fathers, husbands, brothers and sons.
For years, the conventional wisdom has been that a lack of sex-specific health research mainly hurts women and gender minorities. While those concerns are real, a closer look at longevity data tells a more complicated story.
Across the life span "from infancy to the teen years, midlife and old age" the risk of death at every age is higher for boys and men than for girls and women.
The result is a growing longevity gap between men and women. In the United States, life expectancy in 2021 was 79.1 years for women and 73.2 years for men. That 5.9-year difference is the largest gap in a quarter-century. (The data aren't parsed to include differences among nonbinary and trans people.)
"Men are advantaged in every aspect of our society, yet we have worse health outcomes for most of the things that will kill you," said Derek Griffith, director of Georgetown University's Center for Men's Health Equity in the Racial Justice Institute. "We tend not to prioritize men's health, but it needs unique attention, and it has implications for the rest of the family. It means other members of the family, including women and children, also suffer.'
The longevity gap between men and women is a global phenomenon, although sex differences and data on the ages of greatest risk vary around the world and are influenced by cultural norms, record keeping and geopolitical factors such as war, climate change and poverty.
Andrew Yang and Warren Farrell on The Boy Crisis
The Forward Party's Andrew Yang discusses his own research and that of Dr. Warren Farrell in Dr. Farrell's Book "The Boy Crisis"
Most Mass Shooters "Dad-Deprived Males": Author Warren Farrell
The Epoch Times, April 22, 2021, BY ZACHARY STIEBER AND JAN JEKIELEK
Key commonalities for most mass shooters in the United States are that they are male and that they lack a father figure in their lives, author Warren Farrell says.
"There's common denominators among mass shooters, the most obvious is that they're male". "98 percent are male. A second common denominator is that they're almost all dad-deprived males," Farrell told The Epoch Times American Thought Leaders.
People who carry out mass shootings at schools in particular tend to be boys who are suicidal, depressed, and dad-deprived.
In one example, a recent school shooter in Indianapolis did not have a father because in his early teens, his dad committed suicide. In another case, Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, experienced his father imprisoned and went lengthy periods of time without seeing him. Adam Lanza, who authorities say opened fire in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, also did not often see his father, who was divorced from his mother.
The White House Gender Policy Council Excludes Males - Satirical Video
In a White House executive order of March 2021, a new White House Gender Policy Council was established. This was designed to support equity and equality for all genders. However, the MALE gender was left out.
Watch this satirical video for an insightful take.
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Jordan B Peterson Interviewing and Discussing With Dr. Warren Farrell - The Boy Crisis, The Importance of Fathers in Children's Lives and Gender Equality History
Fascinating coversation and interview with two amazing people, great minds, Dr. Jordan B Peterson, Canadian Professor, University of Toronto, clinical psychologist and life changing mentor with American ex-NOW director and gender expert Dr. Warren Farrell, author of world class best selling books like Why Men Earn More, The Myth of Male Power and The Boy Crisis
This is 1 Hour and 35 minutes of some of the best gender history of America and the women's movement since it began by a previous NOW Board member
About 650,000 views on YouTube
308,0000 on Jordan Peterson's Youtube channel and 339,000 on Warren Farrell's Youtube channel, as of October 12, 2021
GUEST COLUMN: Boys who hurt us are also boys who are hurt
The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Guest Columnist - Warren Farrell - April 5, 2021
Two mass shootings in rapid succession have intensified the sense of insecurity in an already vulnerable American public. Yet as schools open, the insecurity will deepen if we remain unaware of how to avert the perfect storm that predicts an unprecedented increase in school shootings.
A mass shooting is more than a multiple homicide. It is also a suicide (either literally or practically). It is a boy or man hurting enough to also end his own life. That is, boys who hurt us are also boys who are hurt.
We can sense this with Atlanta shooter Robert Aaron Long, who appears to have hated himself for a sex addiction that was in fundamental conflict with a religion requiring pre-marital sex prohibition. We can say he hated Asian-American women. But in fact he desired the women, hated himself for desiring the women, and likely hated any woman who serviced his conflicted desires.
We can similarly sense the hurt and pain of the Colorado shooter, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, an event that was triggered in part by being bullied by his peers for being a Muslim.
If we hope to minimize mass shootings, then, we need to minimize the pain that is causing our pain. For starters, we need to be pro-active in identifying young men who are depressed and suicidal. They are often angry at being rejected both by others and themselves. Yet instead of helping them express their anger constructively, we shame them into repressing their anger, only to be 'shocked' when their volcano erupts, and bewildered as we bury our dead.
Black Fathers Address To President Biden on The White House Gender Policy Council Including The Black Fathers' Experience
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Dr.VIBE, The Dr. Vibe Show, dominates the Internet when it comes to hosting intelligent, entertaining conversations on race and gender. His experience as a TV reporter injects an extra dose of thoughtfulness into all of his interviews, setting him apart from the average online broadcaster.
Sylvester Witter is a well known advocate for boys and men with the added dimensions of being Black and a Father. His experience in mentoring boys is essential to helping boys and men develop and achieve.
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The Colorado and Atlanta Mass Shootings: Boys Who Hurt Us Are Boys Who Hurt
March 25, 2021
By Warren Farrell, Ph.D
Despite two mass shootings leaving virtually every American feeling some degree of insecurity, President Biden failed to even acknowledge them, no less suggest a plan to avert future shootings. What was missed in this omission?
In Dr. Warren Farrell's research for The Boy Crisis, he uncovered 63 red flags of depression and suicide that warn us that a boy or man may be hurting. A mass shooting is both a multiple homicide and a suicide (either literally or practically)'that is, a boy or man hurting enough to also end his own life.
The Boy Crisis identifies four things that mass shooters have in common:
1. They are male (almost 100%)
2. They are boys who are hurt (e.g., the 63 red flags)
3. They are dad-deprived (about 80-90%)
4. They have guns (by definition)
Who We Are
In 2009 a multi-partisan coalition of many of the nation's leading experts articulated the depth of the boy crisis, its threat to America's future, and the need for a White House Council on Boys and Men to address its multiple facets.
In 2019, on Sixty Minutes, Fed Chair Jerome Powell ranked the boy crisis as one of the two biggest threats to America's economic future.
Dr. Warren Farrell, the chair of the Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men, explains the boy crisis in his TEDx talk which can be viewed on this website.
And here is Fed Chair Powell's warning about the boy crisis on 60 Minutes [see 11:00-12:41].
FOX Primetime: "Gender" Policy Council Ignores Boys in time of COVID
The Primetime host, Rachel Campos-Duffy, has nine children. She "gets" Dr. Warren Farrell's argument as to why excluding boys and involved dads from the White House Gender Policy Council is a disaster to children. Especially boys in school--or not in school--during COVID.
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Myth of Male Privilege; WH Gender Council Ignores Boy Crisis; "Father Warriors"
Message To President Biden About The Boy Crisis And Including All Genders in The White House Gender Policy Council
Watch the video of Warren Farrell, and Deb Blum
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This one-pager offers a quick intro to the need for a White House Council on Boys and Men. As does this video. Here is the full proposal for the White House Council on Boys and Men Coalition Interviews 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates on a White House Council on Boys and Men
Full interview of Coalition with John Hickenlooper:
This story in Colorado Politics on their dialogue was syndicated throughout Colorado. USA Today Features Plea to Create White House Council on Boys and Men
USA Today: 'Boy crisis' threatens America's future with economic, health and suicide risks Martha MacCallum tweets Pres. Trump re: White House Council after Dr. Farrell's appearance
After the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Dr. Farrell explains why dad-deprived boys account for the vast majority of male prisoners, ISIS recruits and mass shooters. The Boy Crisis: Causes and Solutions
Dr. Warren Farrell on FOX and Friends in 2019 suggests that President Trump create a White House Council on Boys and Men to call the boy crisis to national attention and the development of 'Father Warriors' as one of many solutions. May, 2019: Staten Island Council on Boys and Men Becomes Only Active Government Entity Concerned with Boys' and Men's Issues 2015: Boy Crisis, Fatherlessness, and Presidential Candidates
This video presents Dr. Warren Farrell, chair of the Coalition, and other members discussing these issues in 2015 with Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal. Ingraham's Angle Recommends White House Council on Boys and Men
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