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Cleveland Clinic "MENtion It" survey shows drastic effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of adult males

More than three-in-four men reported an increased stress level during the COVID-19 pandemic

CLEVELAND — A new survey from the Cleveland Clinic is showing interesting results regarding the mental and physical health of men during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The survey, conducted with responses from more than 1,000 American adult males found that a majority (59%) of men say they have felt isolated during the pandemic. 

A shocking "77% of men report their stress level has increased as a result of COVID-19," and nearly "three-in-five men (59%) feel COVID-19 has had a greater negative impact on their mental health than the 2008 recession."

The responses are part of the fifth-annual "MENtion It" campaign from the Cleveland Clinic, which encourages an open conversation surrounding the mental and physical health of men.  

On top of the already alarming statistics mentioned above, "66% of men say they rarely talk about the impact COVID-19 has had on their mental health." 

“We couldn’t take the temperature on the state of men’s health this year without focusing on the one thing that has affected every person in this country and beyond,” said Eric Klein, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “Many men are finding themselves in new and different roles as a result of this pandemic; for example, they are out of work or are working around the clock at home looking after kids with their partners all while worrying about their family’s health and their own health. It’s no surprise that mental health rose to the top as a critical issue in this year’s survey.”