Why Mental Health Matters
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall wellbeing that is often overlooked, particularly when it comes to men. Men may think that talking about their own mental health is a sign of weakness but the truth is that mental health is equally important as physical health, and it is essential to prioritize it in order to live a fulfilling life.
Most don’t realize this, but men are more likely than women to experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and are less likely to seek help for these issues. This is due in part to the stigma surrounding mental health, which often leads men to feel ashamed or embarrassed about their struggles.
The need for men to regain their mental health has never been more pressing. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health, and many men have experienced increased stress, anxiety, and depression as a result. The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of social connection and support, which can be particularly challenging for men who may not have strong social networks.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), men are more likely to die by suicide than women. Suicide rates among men is almost twice as high as the suicide rate among women. These gender differences in suicide rates isn’t just a problem in the US. This trend spreads globally and is observed across many countries and cultures. It is important to note however, that suicide is a complex issue. Mental health, social and economic circumstances, and access to healthcare and support services, also play a role in determining suicide risk.
There are several steps that men can take to prioritize their mental health. First and most importantly, men need to recognize that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Talking to a therapist, seeking support from friends and family, or joining a support group are just a few small steps men can take to improve their mental strength. It is also important to prioritize self-care, which might include regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga.
Social connection and support are two addition critical pieces to men’s mental health care. This might involve reaching out to friends or family members for support, joining a men's group or support group, or volunteering in the community. Building strong social connections can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can be major contributors to poor mental health.
While it may feel like men’s mental health is all doom and gloom, the rate of men seeking mental health care is increasing. More recently, men are more likely to seek mental health care than in the past. Factors that support this are increased awareness and reduced stigma surrounding mental health, as well as greater availability of mental health services. Mental health professionals and healthcare providers are also making efforts to tailor mental health services to meet the specific needs and concerns of men.
The need for men to regain their mental health has never been more important. By prioritizing mental health, seeking help when needed, and building strong social connections, men can improve their overall wellbeing and live happier, more fulfilling lives. It is time to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage men to prioritize their mental health just as they would their physical health.