We live in a society and culture where masculinity is defined by a man’s ability to succeed financially, provide for others, and be the protector. The problem with this paradigm is that most men fall short in one or more of these areas, which can lead to feelings of guilt, shame and failure. These negative emotions can obscure the warning signs of depression, which include feelings of isolation and shifts in mental and physical health.
Preventive mental health is vital to most other aspects of life, because actions stem from thoughts. Below are five practical tips for encouraging men to acknowledge that their mental health may be in danger and to overcome these challenges.
1. Know that it is okay to ask for help.
Do not allow the stigma of seeking out psychiatric and clinical assistance to prevent you from taking a step toward living a healthier and thriving life. When you feel hopeless and alone, you must know that as a man it is okay to ask for help. The human condition transcends gender roles. If you deny and suppress your true emotions, depression will inevitably follow. Do not be afraid to seek the help of a professional doctor.
Embracing Vulnerability As A Man May Not Be Easy, But It’s Necessary was originally published on blackdoctor.org