Saving Our Sons: ‘We have to ensure male mental health’

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SPOKANE, WASH – Boys and girls think and show their feelings differently, and understanding that can be the key to protecting their mental health.

That’s the message Spokane author and expert Dr. Michael Gurian wants parents to know. And it’s one he’ll focus on during the Helping Boys Thrive Summit this weekend in Spokane.

The event is put on by the Kellen CARES Foundation, named for Ferris High School graduate Kellen Erickson.

Kellen died by suicide in January 2020. Since then, his family has been working to connect other families to resources that can help with boys’ mental health.

There’s a lot to learn from Dr. Gurian, who has spent decades working on brain differences between genders and helping educators and families understand how to best respond to their needs.

“I would definitely agree with the surgeon general and the CDC,” Dr. Gurian told 4 News Now’s Robyn Nance. “I think it is an epidemic, a mental health epidemic.”

As part of our “Saving Our Sons” series, Dr. Gurian talks to Robyn Nance about the changes he’s seen in generations of young men. He talks about the warning signs of violence and what parents can do right now to communicate with their kids about mental health.

See the full story Thursday on 4 News Now at 6.