Normally, when mental health is addressed it typically spotlights women only and what we go through or how mental health issues affect us. However, we rarely discuss how it affects men. Men’s mental health matters just as much as women’s. In society, men are conditioned to “man up” not show any emotion and not discuss their problems, which forces them to suppress emotions, causing even more issues, that’s toxic masculinity and that cultural norm should be eliminated completely. This is why I feel it’s so important to encourage men to have their mental health evaluated; ask men if they are okay and how they feel about certain situations. Men are heavily pressured to always show unwavering strength and to never show emotion, which is extremely unhealthy and a toxic way of thinking. It has been proven that untouched mental and emotional problems can cause a man to not function properly within his family unit as well as society. It has been discovered the second leading cause of death in men is suicide because of unresolved mental issues. For example,my dad was such a strong, resilient man but he also struggled with not showing emotion and repressing any type of feeling, causing him to react out of anger or to hold grudges. Society taught my dad that it was weak of a man to shed tears which in turn made him emotionally unreachable and that hindered opportunities to have healthy relationships between friends and family members. Men should know that masculinity is not defined by how much emotion you don’t reveal, but rather how much you do. If you have men in your life let them know that they are important and their mental and emotional health matters. Whether the type of relationship is a significant other, brother, uncle or dad, it’s time for them to feel worthy of help if they need it. Men should practice self-care just as much as women. My posts are mainly about moms and women in general. However, self-care is for everybody. It’s time for society to realize and accept that men’s mental health matters!
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Hi! My name is Naomi.I best describe myself as quirky and awkward with a good sense of humor sprinkled in. I am a self-proclaimed freelance writer. When I am not writing, I am reading, observing, learning and being a boss mom to two amazing little girls. Self-care is my motto and I enjoy discussing it on a regular basis. Follow me for mom moments, self-care tips and tricks or just to take a brief break from reality. View more posts