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?
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find more information on this topic at MentalHealth.gov
Talking about Mental Health is incredibly important.
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