There are many things that irritate me in the world from loud eaters to warm orange juice. However, there are also a collection of things that I find difficult to understand, as we have all stepped into 2018 yet the same problems that were prominent centuries ago still exist.Though the size of the feminist issues within society may have shrunk, they still exist. Though the ageism that exists in society has gone full circle and changed in dynamics, it still exists. Problems will always exist, and we should keep fighting to overcome them.
And another example of one of this collection of topics is Mental Health and more specifically Men’s Mental Health.
Men’s Mental Health is a topic that has taken a rise in social media trends and conversations recently. As Iain Lee highlighted the importance of it on I’m a celebrity get me out of here and as people such as Matt Haig strive to broaden minds. Over the past months and years, mental health in its entirety has grown in its value and importance as treatments and medication have grown and developed.
As important as EVERYONES mental health is, Mens mental health statistics are particularly scary and something that deserves presenting in isolation away from my other mental health blog posts that will appear regularly. The idea that feminism is the pursuit of female domination isn’t true. Gender equality would leave us without such gap between male and female suicide rates.
76% of suicides are by men.
Suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35.
12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from mental health issues.
We all deserve to live a life that has the smallest of internal conflict as possible as nobody deserves the torture of a life without feeling free. And it is becoming easier as doctors acknowledge the positive impact they can have and therapists can have. Yet they are professionals who have studied Bipolar, OCD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD amongst other labels that exist. They have been given the facts and seen the impacts.
Society, however, seems to be lacking in this progress as many reject the idea of mental health and others reinforce male stereotypes and support the concepts that breed suicide rates in men.
I accept that a high proportion of us understand and are compassionate and supportive of such issues, seeing men crying not as a weak but as human. Yet it doesn’t compensate for the proportion of society that continues to support stereotypes and unknowingly allow statistics of men’s mental health to stay the same.
I do not write this to belittle those who have unconsciously viewed men as incapable of mental conflict, I write this to remind everyone and to continue the progress instead of accepting that we can only come this far.
A Man isn’t just a Man. He is also Human.
Ask your dad, brother and son, how they are? We all have bad days and need to be held up while someone else takes the weight even if it is just for an hour.
Today Tomorrow Forever