Today the focus is on men’s mental health, something 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 should 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.
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.
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