BE..A..MAN

Today the focus of this post is on men’s mental health, something that’s very close to my heart.

In my opinion, traditional masculinity has a lot to answer for.
As children, boys are scolded for crying, as teenagers they’re conditioned to be ‘lads,’ and as men, they’re expected to appear strong no matter what.

I don’t think I’d be the first to call bullshit here.

As with all humans, there is no ‘one size fits all’ for what qualifies as being masculine. Emotional equality should NOT recognise gender, and tears do not signify weakness. If you need to cry then f**king well cry! That’s my philosophy. Talking about thoughts and emotions is always a good thing, it’s healing.

To date, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, and I think we can all agree, this is not something that we can tolerate any longer.

Below is a collection of resources that I hope all men and those close to them will find useful.

The charity CALM created the amazing campaign ‘Against Living Miserably’

In 2015, mental health advocate Jonny Benjamin, went on a quest to find the man who stopped him from jumping off Waterloo Bridge. An uplifting documentary that will restore your faith in people.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-stranger-on-the-bridge

 

UK rapper Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father eight years ago. Through this journey, Stephen explores the wider scourge of male suicide in the UK.

Useful Resources

@menhealuk – http://www.menheal.org.uk/
@theCALMzone https://www.thecalmzone.net/
@HeadsUpGuys https://headsupguys.org/
@MensHealthForum https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. January 21, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Hi Claire, thanks for this post. I’m glad you covered this subject. The modern idea of a man easily makes men feel weak when they are suffering with mental health problems. I was one of those guys for most of my life. I had a deep urge to share my story on my blog http://www.projectenergise.com, and felt like the blog had been brewing inside of me for ages.

    Although I have eased my GAD symptoms, I still use healthy mental habits to guide me in my day to day to stay calm. I’d like to see a world where men don’t feel like they have to be macho and instead can show their emotions when they need to.

    Society has a lot to answer for.

    Thanks again,

    Sean

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