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The effects of mental health stigma on men

Thursday, December 10, 2020

While there has been some great progress in terms of eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness, this battle is far from over. An increasing number of people have become aware of the very real struggle that so many face every day. However, in many cases, men tend to hide their feelings rather than express them openly.

Why men struggle more
Men tend to struggle to open up because of the 'macho' perception. Men are 'supposed' to be strong and not cry or break down. What so many people forget is that men are human too and they need help and support just like everyone else.

Brushing off symptoms
Depression, anxiety and various other mental issues can often go undiagnosed because of this pressure to be strong and not let their emotions show. For this reason, symptoms can be ignored and pushed aside until a breaking point is reached.

Greater risks
By ignoring signs and symptoms, it allows them to fester and this is why so many men resort to suicide and other forms of self-harm. By the time they even start to realise what is going on in their heart and mind, it could be too late. This is why it is so important to curb these feelings and take the necessary steps to treat the underlying issues using therapy, medication or a combination of the two.

Men are under an increased amount of pressure these days. Now is the time for everyone to take note of what those around them are feeling and any changes in behaviour – no matter how small. Take the time to take notice. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your feelings or you don't know how to deal with your anxiety, contact a trained professional today.

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