Men and Mental Health

Nothing is stronger, to me, than sharing your fears, feelings, & concerns. Anyone who tells you different is a jerkwad.

Blind Injustice

As some of my readers know, I’ve had some experiences with intrusive thoughts, which is when one struggles with unwelcome, unpleasant, and upsetting thoughts and ideas. These experiences led me to write about mental health from a faith (Christian faith, more specifically) point-of-view a couple of months ago.

Writing about mental health from a faith perspective is important. However, given the sobering statistic that 77% of those who die by suicide in the United States are men, as well as the fact that we are in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Month, I think it’s important to have a discussion about men and mental health.

The thing about men, at least in the United States, is that
we have expectations connected to our gender identity that make it problematic
to be open about our mental health. We’re taught to be tough, strong, not show weakness,

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2 thoughts on “Men and Mental Health”

  1. Ariel! I’m so sorry that I missed your share of my post! Anyway, thanks for sharing! I feel that there is SO much stigma with openness about mental health, including with fellow men. I certainly hope that my voice, and others’ voices, can help end that stigma.

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    1. Recognition for the share means way more to me than what time frame it was done in. I appreciate your comment. 🙂

      I agree whole-heartedly. Anything I can do to amplify the voices of people standing up against mental health stigma, I’m all for it!

      Personally, I think improved male mental health care will come from brave male advocates. People need a positive role model when it comes to doing seriously tough soul-searching.

      I don’t think it’ll happen overnight, but the younger generations speaking out, raising braver & more open men, could bring about a lovely change. One day. ❤

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