International Men's Day- Men's Mental Health Matters
Living with the concept of “equality for all”, like International Women’s Day, every year 19th November is celebrated as international men's day to acknowledge and celebrate those men who broke stereotype, brought positive changes to society and value the importance of men’s mental health and wellness.
Mental health issues are a difficult challenge for anybody to confront. Good mental health is as significant as oxygen for healthy life. In any case, there is a wide range of reasons why men are more averse to speak up about mental health issues like depression; anxiety that m might surround them in daily life. So forth because of various variables including societal pressure, upbringing, and as role models of “strength” men's mental health issues have gone unrecognized for quite a while. We are always told that only weak boys cry or it is not okay for a real man to cry, such stereotypes have had a significant impact on men's mental health. It had made it difficult for men to open up about their feelings and issues.
Now there are various reasons why “Mental Health for Men” has become a topic of ignorance, let's have a look:
1. “Mental Health” is considered a Weakness for Men
Mental health is often considered a weakness for both a man and woman. It cannot be emphasized enough that mental health issues have nothing to do with a person's weakness. It is a severe medical issue that a huge number of men fight with consistently. It is the same as diabetes or hypertension—it can happen to anyone at any age. This stereotype has been a wall between an individual with mental health issues and getting help. Everyone needs to be educated about how it's not a weakness to have mental health issues.
2. The Burden Of Toxic Masculinity: A Stigma
The American psychological association has released a podcast about how toxic masculinity affects mental health. When we talk about toxic masculinity, it truly comes down to how boys are raised—the way we're educated to be strong and calm. Most of our idols whom we look up to are dysfunctional in several ways we look over. This model of masculinity might be the reason men are bound to avoid symptoms of mental illnesses. besides, this masculine behaviour can likewise add to the expanded paces of several mental illnesses
At the point when the adverse effect starts showing symptoms of mental issues, substance abuse often regularly follows. When individuals face depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues aren't grasping healthy, adapting behaviours, they seek alcohol and other drugs as an approach to numb the problems.
3. Societal Stigmas around Men's Emotions and Mental Health
About expressing feelings, men and young boys are limited by higher social approvals than women. Young men are regularly shown growing up to control, limit, and smother their feelings with typical statements, for example, "be a real man," "big boys don't cry," "man up," or "act like a man." If they can't control their feelings, they are frequently depicted as weak or incapable of looking after control. Yet, our current cultural standards encouraging our young boys and men to share their feelings might be having severe downstream consequences for men's mental wellness and life span. Furthermore, men who are racial/ethnic or sexual minorities may confront extraordinary pressure coming about because of societal discrimination that can compromise their mental health.
4. Myths about 'How talking about Mental Health' will burden others
It is often said that if you share what you're going through, you'll irritate others and will weigh them with your problems, but being unhealthy and declining to look for treatment can put weight and weight on those that care about you, however, requesting help doesn't make you a burden. It causes individuals to feel great to support a friend or family member, so don't attempt to conceal what you're experiencing from them. What's worse is the point at which somebody needs assistance, yet they will not request it.
5. Seeking Help
Now and again, we need a different point of view on what may be adding to our problems. Counselling an expert who has more information on gloom and treatment alternatives is the sharpest activity. Attempting to fight mental health issues all alone resembles trying to push a rock up a mountain without anyone else—without a group to back you up, it will be much more challenging. Anybody can enjoy the advantages of treatment, you don't have to have an emergency to seek help. Counselling provides a safe space for everyone to express and explore their issues. Notwithstanding the person's conditions, counselling is significant and should be a possibility for everybody. Individuals, specifically men must seek for counselling if they think they cannot solve their problems alone or fear talking to a friend or family. Seeking help is a way of attaining mental health wellness, mental health is not a weakness, it must be treated be it for men or women, because “until one is mentally fit, he is not physically fit”.