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Men's mental health stigma (1)



Don't weep! 


Be a man! 


Do any of these above sound familiar?


There is a strong expectation that men

should be tough and solve their 

problems on their own, and seeking 

help is frequently viewed as a sign of

weakness on the part of the man.


Depression, anxiety, and other mental

health conditions can affect both men

and women. However, everyone's experiences are 

unique. Most men conceal their

emotions in order to conform to

the socially acceptable masculine role. Instead of sharing their feelings with

their loved ones, the typical responses are;


'I've learned to live with it.'






'I don't want to be a burden to anyone,'




'I'm ashamed to admit it.'




'I don't want to come across as weak.'




'I don't know who to talk to.'




There is a cultural stigma associated

with mental illness and depression that

makes it difficult for most men to admit they need help. 

Men experience toxic masculinity, 

which is defined as cultural pressures

for men

to behave in a certain way in order to conform to society's standards.


Men are taught from a young age to be

strong, to be on the receiving end, to 

be

resilient, and to be tough. 

Boys are taught that being "manly"

entails being aggressive, bold, and never showing weakness.

Even as adults, men are mocked or

looked down upon when they express

fear or deep sadness.




None of these characteristics are 

harmful in moderation. However, when

these characteristics become overly

pronounced and masculinity becomes 

toxic,It can be harmful to both the 

individuals involved and society as a whole.


As a result of this macho attitude, most men will 

not

seek assistance even when they are in 

need; they would rather remain silent

in pain than appear weak, and their symptoms worsen.

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odukayerasheedah
odukayerasheedah
05 janv. 2023

Very accurate, conforming with societal norms is what's killing most men... How do we change the narrative?

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odukayerasheedah
odukayerasheedah
05 janv. 2023
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You too... Thank you.

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