Today is Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This week leading up to Father’s Day is an awareness week all about men’s mental health.
It’s hard being a female in society with a mental illness; due to the gender stereotypes that have formed over the years, women are perceived as emotional beings. These same stereotypes have also acted as a barrier for males suffering from mental illness as they are supposed to be the strong ones who don’t let things get to them.
Regardless of gender, race, or age, mental illness can affect all of us. Social stigma inhibits individuals from sharing their stories or getting the help they require.
Examining males, specifically (taken from Movember Canada):
- 1 in 10 Canadian men will experience major depression in the course of their lives
- 3 of every 4 suicides are men
What can we do?
- Talk about it. Ask questions. The more we talk, the more we combat the stigma as we build an understanding.
- Listen. Listen to their stories. Listen for cries for help. Listen to your friend.
- Encourage action.
- Check in with those you love.
Here are a list of articles and resources I recommend taking a look at: