“Men’s mental health and mental illness” discussions should not be a separate thing, but I am making it. Still, it’s becoming clear that either I am doing something wrong and not being inclusive to all. Or that guys in the mental health community would rather sit behind the scenes. For me, I think it’s the latter, but that defeats the purpose of why the community together can end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
I get it to some degree. “We’re guys we are supposed to be tough.” Hell, I have been the type of guy that said that guys just don’t do mental health. A common sentiment, but I decided the folly of that way of thinking. I now come from the school of thought of being authentic in what I write. I want to implore guys to become a part of the conversation.
I love the idea of this picture because it often said that “boys don’t get sad.” or “Men Don’t Cry” That is where things tend to go. This macho attitude that guys don’t cry, and I am here to say that is not true.
What I seek is to start a dialogue here within the confines of this blog post. I have and always be authentic when it comes to this blog. I want to bring light to men’s mental health because it’s important to me as a man too. What I am seeing is that men are not willing to be a part of the conversation.
I am hoping that this blog post will ruffle some feathers and that men will call me out and say I am wrong. Challenge me on what I am seeing! That will be the perfect thing. I want to see what men think about what I have to say because we have to end the stereotypes that come with men’s mental health. Let us have a real conversation!
If you would like to join or create a “Community Mental health Discussions” then please reach out to let your voice be heard. I also open it to all members of the mental illness community to share here via the submit button .
The Zoom meeting is to happen in a few weeks time if we meet forum.
The mental well-being of men is just as important. In a society that shames those, who are emotionally vulnerable, who stray from certain adult social norms, and have difficulty obtaining the much needed therapy, I’m working to provide access to what is available to them.
Some methods include:
- Support Groups
For those of you who struggle to find downtime, a podcast is an excellent way to tap into therapy. What I love about this method is the diversity of casts.
Each individual will find one that he best relates.
Here’s a few to try
- The Depth of Echoes, Episode 019, It’s OK, Man.
- The Depth of Echoes, Episode 007, Anxious Boys.
- Healthy For Men
- ManTalk Podcast
- Real Men Feel
- The Great Man Within
- The Fatherly Podcast
Stay Safe. Till next time.
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