Society tells us that men should be firm and emotionless. However, men have feelings and emotions, and it's no secret that men have a more challenging time regarding mental health. Men deal with mental health issues daily but are less likely to seek help. As a result, men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, and too often, men feel like they can't ask for help or admit they're struggling. Men need to feel supported and empowered to speak up about their mental health. This blog post will discuss the reality of male mental health and why men need mental health support.
The reality of male mental health
Men are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than women. They are also more likely to use alcohol and drugs to cope with their mental health issues. Men often don't want to see a therapist because they don't like sharing their thoughts with strangers. Men feel like they need to be strong and handle their problems independently, and any hint of emotion is a sign of weakness or makes them less of a man. Men need to understand that mental health is just as important as physical health; without mental stability, physical fitness will eventually suffer.
Further, if men don't talk about mental health, it can be challenging for friends or family members to know something is wrong. With the proper support, men can overcome mental health issues. We need to talk openly about mental health. Suffering in silence isn't safe or healthy.
How to reduce the stigma
Here are ways we can all help reduce the stigma:
Talk about it. We need to normalize the conversation. This can be done by sharing articles, blog posts, and social media content that raises awareness about men's mental health.
Support men who are struggling with mental health. This can be done by listening to them, validating their feelings, and encouraging them to seek professional help if necessary.
Be open with your friends. Talk about your issues, and let your friends know they can talk to you if needed.
Look out for them. If you notice your friend's behavior changing or any other symptoms, ask them how they feel.
Challenge negative behaviors. Make sure you call it out when friendly banter oversteps the line and starts being potentially damaging. In particular, try to challenge remarks that uphold traditional views of masculinity and make it more difficult for men to talk about their feelings.
Get involved. Support the charities and organizations that are championing support for struggling people. Volunteer at events spread the word, and raise money for worthy causes.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, help is available. You can call our crisis line 24/7 at 1-888-986-2286.
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