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'Man Up' is Not The Answer

Mental health issues can affect anyone, and regardless of how 'perfect' someone's life seems to look like on social media, you never know what goes on behind closed doors. However, this does not only apply to women - men also experience stigma about mental health, partly because they find it harder than women to communicate about their personal issues. But why does it seem to be more challenging for men to address their own mental health?

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Toxic masculinity - a burden

Typically, men have been taught from a young age to keep quiet about their emotions, and therefore avoid seeking help for their psychological issues. In comparison to women, men are far more prone to commit suicide. This disparity may be caused, in part, by internalised standards surrounding "masculine behaviour" and men's increased unwillingness to seek mental health therapy. Men may develop self-stigma as a result of internalising the social stigma associated with mental health issues. Traditional ideas of masculinity in society, for instance, may have the following effects:

We are neglecting the stigma associated with mental illness, which prevents many men from seeking assistance when they most need it and is literally killing them.

The root dauses

While some men are aware of what might be upsetting them or making them angry, others might not be aware of how stress affects their physical and emotional well-being or how their environment influences their behaviour. Men may experience sadness and rage for a variety of reasons, but the following are some of the most typical ones:

Keep an eye on the symptoms

Road range. Random outbursts. Mood swings. Men who are depressed may show more anger and violence, or they may act out in other "socially acceptable" ways to express their suffering. Instead, depressive symptoms in women may appear as evidence of poor mood, and more obvious symptoms.

Males may have physiological signs of depression such as headaches, a racing heart, or digestive problems. Men might be more inclined than females to visit their doctor for physical symptoms rather than emotional ones.

Get it off your chest

It's time to turn this around! In order to treat this problem, we must spread the idea that asking for assistance—whether for oneself, a loved one, or a stranger—is ok. We can do this by spreading awareness on social media platforms, or encourage other men to share their own stories about how they recovered from being in a bad place.

According to research, those who receive therapy or medication to treat their depression or suicidal thoughts are much less likely to think about or actually try suicide - which is why it's important for everyone, especially women, to make men feel comfortable to speak their feelings and get help when they feel like they're struggling.

Suicidal ideation may occasionally be associated with financial hardship or other practical problems. Receiving financial or emotional support from others during difficult times has also been demonstrated to lessen these negative thoughts.

Fighting the ignorance towards social stigma

Fortunately, the stigma around men's mental health is starting to change, as more and more influential male figures are beginning to speak up about their struggles.

It's time to abandon the stereotypes that frequently hold men back from caring for their mental health. The public is becoming more aware that asking for assistance is a show of strength rather than weakness.


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