Mental Health Awareness for Men – Talk About It – It is Happening

Talking about our feelings as men will help in the long run

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Mental Health.  This hits over 6 million men every year and it is growing.  1 in 5 adults experience a mental health problem each year.  (statistics from . The major problems affecting men are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis and eating disorders.  

Male suicide rates are on the rise since 2000.  The potential risk factors include social isolation, substance abuse, unemployment, military-rated trauma, genetic predisposition and other mood disorders that put individuals as high risk for suicide.  

So why do some men not want to talk about it? 

  1. The old myths about men being the stronger person needs to stop.  We have to acknowledge as a society that removing the stigma will allow us to move forward
  2. Men don’t ask for help.  Bottom line.  They’re having to deal with it on their own and don’t want to be seen as weak and vulnerable.  
  3. Stubborn.  Yes I said it.  
  4. Acknowledgement of having an issue is the first big step in talking to someone – but men tend to hold back again on this part.  
  5. Barriers – they are hard to break.  This can come in many forms to stop men from talking.  Personal, professional, whatever it may be.  
  6. Coaching? Therapy?  Really? Yes, really.  Men will hold back and step away from things that they know themselves will help them. 
  7. Traumas – Past and Present.  The effects of traumas can effect men overall and put them into a dark place.  

To summarize, the social, emotional and mental impact are huge factors on why men don’t talk about mental health problems.  The more society works on removing the stigma and opens up paths and methods for help, the sooner we can drive these statistics down.  Men don’t want to become a statistic.  They want to be part of this world that is ever evolving.  

Unless we don’t acknowledge and accept them for who they are, they won’t ever accept the help that is out there.  It’s a 2 way street, just like everything else.  It is a collective effort to see the signs in our homes and workplaces.  A simple “are you ok?” can go along way.  We just have to show that we care.  

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