The high rate of suicide among men
It’s unfortunately true that mental health has gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to men, and the staggeringly high rate of suicide among them can’t be ignored.
It could be hardwired in their genetic DNA– guys tend to resist mental check-ins like they’re international security checkpoints. But if we can find a way to make mental health appointments just as typical as visiting the doctor for a physical check-up, then perhaps this putrid statistic can start its descent toward normalcy.
After all, mental health isn’t any less important than physical – mental anguish is every bit as real and detrimental as physical ailments. Let’s make mental wellness part of the picture so men don’t miss out on their chance at a fantastic life!
The need for more open discussion about mental health
It’s so important for us to stay mentally healthy, and mental check-ins are a great way to do that! We need to break down the taboo of discussing mental health and create an environment where being open about mental well-being is the norm.
Let’s get comfortable checking in with ourselves and others – if we can pay attention to our mental health before it becomes a problem, we will be better off. So let’s give mental check-ins a try. A healthy mind always leads to happy thoughts!
The stigma surrounding mental health in men
Mental health is a deeply important issue and often one of the last topics men are comfortable discussing. Workplace cultures and traditional gender roles, that deem mental health struggles unmanly, leave men feeling vulnerable or even ashamed to talk with someone about how they’re feeling.
This is nothing new – society has been burdening men with unachievable expectations for years. Luckily, the stigmas are slowly decreasing as people become more equipped in identifying and speaking out against any false stigma surrounding mental health issues. Men need to continue leading this charge by seeking resources, openly reaching out to one another, and breaking damaging societal patterns of behavior trained into them since birth.
Breaking these walls of silence could make all the difference for men in crises and allow them access to life-saving interventions available through proper diagnosis and treatment plans. Plus it’s just healthier for everyone for we all know a problem shared is a problem halved!
How to start a conversation about mental health with your family
Starting a conversation about mental health with your family can feel similar to tiptoeing on eggshells, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it may seem. The key is approaching the topic with an open mind and a playful attitude.
Studies suggest that introducing humor or casual jokes when talking about mental health can help make the dialogue more comfortable and flow more naturally. When you’re ready to start a conversation, consider sharing why mental health is important to you and what personal experiences – either positive or negative – you’ve had related to it.
This way, the conversation is coming from an honest place that is accessible and real for everyone involved.
Resources for men struggling with mental health issues
It’s no surprise that mental health issues impact many men in our society. Issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD can be difficult to deal with, challenging our daily routines and sometimes making us feel overwhelmed with life. Thankfully, for those who may need help navigating these difficult times, there are resources available!
From therapy to support groups, there is a myriad of options available for every kind of situation. Don’t let the struggles of mental health put a curb on your life; seek out the proper resources available to you today and get back on track!
According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women. While these statistics are heartbreaking, they’re also a reminder that we need to be having more open and honest discussions about mental health—especially with the people in our lives who might be struggling silently.
If you’re not sure how to start the conversation about mental health with someone in your life, check out this guide from Mental Health America. And if you or someone you know needs help, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the many resources available, like The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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