It's hard to talk about mental health.

Opening up to one another about ourselves can be difficult no matter our gender. More often than not, men find it difficult to discuss their weaknesses because “strength” has been made paramount by society – both western and abroad – and is attributed to worth, ability and some cases identity. 

According to Mental Health America, 1 in 5 men experience mental health issues each year in America. Below are four ways we can all help make mental health, in men and women alike, easier to address.

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Accepting emotions…

Speaking up…

Asking for help…

It’s okay not being okay…

Accepting Emotions.

Showing emotion can be hard for anyone, especially around those we feel closest to. More often than not, dramatic showcases of emotion are met with dismay, ridicule and even discipline in western society. In men especially, showing emotion can be equally equated to weakness and aggression depending on how the emotion is displayed.

It can be as simple as addressing showcases of emotion with understanding and patience that can be the difference between one feeling comfortable versus reserved – and feeling comfortable showing emotions is paramount to balanced, stable mental health in men and women alike.  

speaking up.

Being aware of one other’s mental presence is important. Life can move fast, and it can be easy to ignore signs that someone is feeling detached, rejected or that their voice isn’t being heard. 

Body language is key.

When you notice someone is feeling unappreciated or seems dejected, stop and ask if they are okay or simply take time to talk to them. It can be the difference between a situation boiling over and achieving mental peace.

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asking for help.

Asking for help can be the hardest part about healing and coming to grips with one’s own mental health. Providing a path for someone you think needs helps can sometimes be more effective than asking them to find one themselves. 

Finding help for a loved one can be very specific to what they’re going through. There are lots of helpful resources online, but you can find expert advice and ways to help both men and women here.

it's okay not being okay.

Statistically, men are less likely to seek help for mental issues than women due to reluctance to talk, social norms and the stigma of weakness that comes with not being “okay”. 

Let your loved one’s it’s okay and work to never downplay symptoms they are experiencing. When possible, encourage anyone going through high levels of stress, mood swings, and signs of depression to seek help and healthier lifestyle habits through self-care, diet and exercise. 

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