Mental Health

Boys and men are increasingly lonely, and at higher risk of suicide and “deaths of despair”

Fifteen percent of young men today say they don’t have a close friend–a five-fold increase since 1990. This loneliness, combined with a range of societal changes and pressures, has resulted in a mental health crisis for American boys and men. Today, men are four times more likely than women to die by suicide but ten percentage points less likely than women to access mental health care.

In the U.S., men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women.
Share of U.S. opioid overdose deaths that occur among men.
The increase in the suicide rate among young men aged 15 to 24 from 2020 to 2021.

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Melinda French Gates invests in boys and men: a new era for gender equality

Melinda French Gates is investing in boys and men, showing that the gender equality movement has space for men and boys without sacrificing its focus on women and girls. AIBM President Richard Reeves has been selected to direct a portion of these investments.

May 28, 2024
Richard Reeves
a black and white portrait picture of melinda french gates

Boys are suffering too. Here’s how we miss that.

Girls have been struggling with mental health, and we've rightly been alarmed. But we may be overlooking the issues of boys due to how we define and measure these constructs. Learn more from renowned psychologist Lisa Damour.

Apr 11, 2024
Lisa Damour
A silhouette of a young boy and girl behind a group of people.

We must pay more attention to young men

The growing political gap between Gen Z men and women does not bode well...

Feb 8, 2024
Richard Reeves
A man and a woman are starting at eachoter seperated against a white wall.

Gen Z’s Romance Gap: Why Nearly Half of Young Men Aren’t Dating

Until very recently, American culture has operated on the flawed notion that teenage dating and sex required little encouragement. Teenage romance was once seen as a natural part of American adolescence. This, it turns out, is completely wrong. Teenage dating is not inevitable and it’s a rapidly disappearing part of the American teenage experience.

Feb 8, 2024
Daniel A. Cox
A depressed lonely young man

To Save Democracy, Help Men

Read about the link between why we should help men, political extremism, and threats to democracy.

Jan 5, 2024
Rachel Kleinfeld
The U.S. capitol building in grey scale

Hey Coach! Our Boys Need You

Learn about the disciplines of freedom and the vital role coaches play in mentoring healthy masculinity for young boys.

Dec 20, 2023
Tim Ryan
A coach is mentoring a young boy on bleachers

Why I’m increasingly worried about boys, too

Boys are in trouble. Many have withdrawn from the real world, where they could develop the skills needed to become competent, successful, and loving men.

Nov 14, 2023
Jonathan Haidt
a man and a boy sitting and chatting on a bench

Why Washington State should create a Commission on Boys and Men

Lawmakers in Washington State may be about to lead the nation by establishing a bipartisan Commission on Boys and Men.

Nov 13, 2023
Richard Reeves
image of washington state containing educational themes

The math gap that’s not what you think it is

Plus: discussing loneliness with the Surgeon General and a landmark essay on masculinity

Jul 26, 2023
Richard Reeves
Boy in classroom

Some news I can’t wait to share: AIBM

Why I'm founding the American Institute for Boys and Men

Jun 30, 2023
Richard Reeves
young boy running

The fragile beauty of male friendship

The friendship recession is hitting young men the hardest

Apr 1, 2023
Richard Reeves
a group of three male friends posing for a picture in front of a cliffy landscape

Into the vacuum demons pour

Why neglecting male issues is bad for our culture and politics

Mar 29, 2023
Richard Reeves
six male demons congregating and looking into the distance