For years, men’s mental health hasn’t been featured prominently when discussing the topic of mental health. Even though men under 50 are at the highest risk of suicide. It’s been found that men don’t always show the same symptoms of mental ill health as others. Depression is one such example, the common symptoms are low mood, crying and withdrawing from usual activities. However, men have instead been shown to ‘act out’ by taking drugs, being aggressive and drinking excessively. As these aren’t ‘typical’ indicators, men can go unseen.
There are also outdated societal pressures which would have men be the ‘strong and silent type’. This stereotype means that men are less likely to seek help when they need it. It even can lead to shame around the topic of mental health, making their situation worse. Negative portrayals of mental health are still circulating in the media, with the idea that it means you’re ‘crazy’. Whereas the reality is everyone has mental health, and sometimes that means mental ill health. It should be treated with empathy and understanding, especially seeing as mental health is such a broad spectrum.
It has also been shown that men are less willing to seek help, or even talk to their family and friends about it if they feel ‘on display’ or have to disrupt their days for it. Mentoring can be a great way to navigate this issue. You can work out the best time for you, and it can be face to face or online. It’ll just be you and your mentor, so you’ll have all the privacy you like. Mighty Men Mentoring is here for you, and to help you live your mightiest life!