Why Is It Important For Men To Talk About Their Mental Health?

Why Is It Important For Men To Talk About Their Mental Health?

gennaio 14, 2021

Why Is It Important For Men To Talk About Their Mental Health?



In 2016 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported that suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. It was discovered that men die by suicide 3.53x more often than women.

Today we’re here to discuss the importance of talking about Men’s mental health and what actions you can take if you’re worried about your own or another man's mental health.


Why Is It Hard For Some Men To Talk About Their Mental Health? 


Toxic Masculinity 


It has been deep rooted throughout history that Men should be the head of the household. Boys have been taught from a young age to believe they have to be “tough all the time” and anything other than being completely emotionally stable would make them “weak”.


The truth - Around 77% of men have suffered with anxiety/stress/depression and it is wrong to put such unachievable pressures of perfection on a man.


Toxic Masculinity is very damaging to men's mental health. It stops them from speaking out about their struggles as they have been nurtured to believe that feeling anything less than OK is “wrong”. They are scared to be seen as weak and can be embarrassed to talk about their problems. 


Stigma 


A study by Jami found that “Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their lives and that their problems are made worse by the stigma and discrimination they experience – not only from society, but also from family, friends and employers”.

Stigma can result in isolation, exclusion and the prevention of undertaking daily activities or seeking help.

Men often believe that they will be ridiculed or alienated by their friends or family because they suffer from a mental illness. They are therefore more likely to stay silent and deny any available treatment. 

The truth - People who speak up and seek help are taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.  Seeking support is necessary and proves the individual is strong and courageous.


Singularity 

Because it is not widely discussed, some men believe they are the only ones suffering with mental health issues. 

The truth - Mental health problems are very common, 25% of us will experience a mental health issue in a given year.

What Are The Most Likely Causes Of Mental Health Struggles?


According to a poll by The Priory Group, The biggest pressures in men’s life are work (32%), finance (31%) and health (23%). The majority of men say their mental health is having a negative impact on their work performance, parenting and relationship.


What Are The Warning Signs For a Man Struggling With Their Mental Health? 


Although many men may not show any clear signs of their Mental Health struggles, there are some warning signs you can look for. Here is a list of things from the NIMH to look out for in yourself, a friend or a colleague that may indicate you/they are suffering from a mental illness. 

  • Anger, irritability, or aggressiveness
  • Noticeable changes in mood, energy level, or appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, or on edge
  • Increased worry or feeling stressed
  • Misuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling flat or having trouble feeling positive emotions
  • Engaging in high-risk activities
  • Aches, headaches, digestive problems without a clear cause
  • Obsessive thinking or compulsive behavior
  • Thoughts or behaviors that interfere with work, family, or social life
  • Unusual thinking or behaviors that concern other people

How Can I Support a Man Struggling With His Mental Health?


The most important thing is to make sure the person knows it is ok to talk. Here are some things you can do to encourage communication. More information can be found at Time To Change.


  1. Ask Twice - Check in with your friend or family member more than once. It’s easy to say you’re fine when you’re not. 
  2. Read between the lines - If you think there might be something else, don’t ignore it. 
  3. If he’s inviting you to hang out one-on-one, he might want to have a conversation - Make room to listen. 
  4. Know when to end the banter - We all like to have fun! Just know when to cool it. 
  5. Don’t be awkward - Just listen and let your friend know it's ok. 

What Should I Do If I’m Worried About My Own Mental Health? 


Don’t live in denial! Bottling your problems up will only make things worse. Here are some simple steps you can take. 



What Should I Do If I’m Worried About Someone Else’s Mental Health? 

 

Here are some steps you can take to make sure your friend or family member is being properly cared for and understood.

  • Find out if the person is getting the care that they need and want. If this is not the case, you can help your friend or family member by recognizing the signs of mental health problems and connecting them to professional help.
  • Express your concern and support
  • Remind your friend or family member that help is available
  • Ensure your friend that mental illness is normal and is treatable
  • Reassure your friend or family member that you care about them
  • Offering to help your friend or family member with everyday tasks
  • Include the person in your conversations and plans even if they resist.

You can find more information on this topic at MentalHealth.gov

Talking about Mental Health is incredibly important. 

Here at Tough ‘Ombres we pride ourselves on not just being a brand, but being a supportive family. Our DM’s are always open over at @toughombresbeards if anyone needs to talk. 

You got this Tough Ombres!