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Published on September 30, 2015

Depression Doesn't Discriminate

When it comes to males and females, depression doesn't have a preference

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Although it is a commonly held belief that women are more likely to experience depression than men, a recent study has found that depression rates for both genders may be closer than we think. When researchers started looking at depression symptoms more commonly exhibited by men such as:

  • Substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Risk-taking

They found that rates of depression were similar between the genders (30% of men and 33% of women).

Because many people think of depression as primarily an issue among women, men can be resistant to come forward. However, about six million men experience depression in any year.

Depression is a highly treatable condition. Bryan Medical Center offers free and anonymous mental health self-assessments.

2015 Mental Health Awareness Week

October 11-17

Join us for the following events:

Cracked not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story

Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

Bryan Medical Center, Bryan East Campus
Plaza Conference Center
1500 S. 48th St. • Lincoln, NE

Guest Speaker: Kevin Hines

Author of book Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt

Kevin Hines is a global speaker, author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 people (less than one percent) to survive the fall. Kevin shares how he traveled to the Bridge, his feelings of helplessness yet desire for someone to help, his interactions with others that day and the impact you can have to change a life.

In 2013, Kevin released his memoir titled, Cracked Not Broken, The Kevin Hines Story. It is on several bestsellers’ lists and inspired a film called “The Bridge”. Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and that you can live mentally well. Maybe not every day, but certainly most days. His will to live and stay mentally well.

Free Health Fair

Starts at 6 p.m. and continues after presentation.

Bryan Medical Center, Bryan East Campus
Plaza Conference Center
1500 S. 48th St. • Lincoln, NE

To register for the presentation, call 402-481-8886 or online at

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is director of behavioral health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.


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