Men Are Not Expected To Be Strong And Silent
While more people are opening up to the idea of receiving mental health services, the stigma regarding men who receive mental health services being viewed as “weak” has still not completely gone away; however, we are improving and making great strides! But mental health services are not inherently feminized: both men and women seek it every day all around the world.
The old macho mentality of men being expected to be “strong and silent” is outdated and unhelpful. A man’s character is not judged by how well he can conceal his mental health problems; “strong and silent” is actually equivalent to weak and scared. What men need to do is take the leadership role in society and show other men and women that it’s okay to come out about your mental health issues!
It’s very unhealthy for anyone to bury their mental health problems; add a low self-esteem on top of that and it can turn into a deadly situation. Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death worldwide! And it can especially be difficult for men to admit to experiencing negative thoughts, out of fear of being seen as weak by other men and women.
Women! We need your help to show all the men in the world that it’s alright to speak out about mental health problems. We need as many women as possible to let all the men in the world know that they are not viewed as “weaker”, just because they are suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD, social phobia, etc.
We are all in this together: men, women, children, elderly, black, white, red, yellow, brown, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, rich, poor, straight, gay, bi, etc. Mental health services have no boundaries: anyone is welcome and should seek mental health treatment for any issues which they are dealing with. Those who are strongest are the ones who have enough courage to seek help.
Do not be fooled by the idea that if you are not seeking mental health services for your problems, that you are somehow “stronger” or “better” than others. You are only doing yourself a disservice. Life is about being happy, coming up with solutions for your problems and helping others who can also benefit.
If you are still not convinced, that’s okay; maybe you still need some time. But we here at The DSM Ready community will always keep our doors open for anyone who is seeking love, education, freedom and friendship. We do not discriminate. We are all in this together: one blood under God.
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