According to researches, 76% of men die by suicide and it is one of the leading causes of death for men under the age of 35, while 42.5% of men worldwide are suffering from prevalent mental health issues. Men are far less likely than women to seek psychological help, indicating that they suffer in silence.
The silent epidemic of mental health issues affecting males around the world is becoming a difficult pill to swallow. Mental health issues can impact anybody, but stigma and discrimination can make people fearful of sharing their stories and seeking assistance. Many men suffer in silence when they encounter feelings of depression, loneliness or anxiety since men’s mental health remains a taboo subject in society.
Men are expected to be “tough” and “fearless“ according to conventional gender stereotypes, and many men believe they are not a “man” if they exhibit any evidence of vulnerability. Men may be reluctant or unwilling to seek treatment because they are unable to recognise or act on warning indicators. In popular culture and the media, outdated depictions of masculinity are all too ubiquitous. Men are more prone to use maladaptive coping mechanisms when they are unable to address a problem or communicate to receive help regarding a life issue. Excessive drinking or drug use, gambling, risky behaviours, or isolating oneself are examples of maladaptive coping.
Raising Awareness and Choosing the Correct Treatment –
It’s critical to emphasise to males that mental health is a medical condition, not a flaw or a failure. They don’t have to suffer in silence from mental health issues since getting medical care isn’t a sign of weakness. Don’t lose hope—there is aid available!
1. Psychotherapy and/or, Medications like cognitive behaviour therapy, have been demonstrated to be 75% helpful in treating depression. Getting help from a professional isn’t a show of weakness; it’s a smart method to take care of yourself!
2. It’s critical to find someone with whom you can talk about your feelings. Individuals with strong social support are better able to overcome mental health concerns. Isolation exacerbates mental health difficulties, so don’t be afraid to contact out and share your concerns.
3. Learning how to identify, label and express emotions in healthy ways is an essential part of becoming and remaining healthy.
Importance of Professional Counseling: A friend or family member may listen to you, but they aren’t professionally, technically qualified or experienced to offer you professional advice. If you wish you can contact us at MindTribe to receive help from our team of expert psychologists.
MindTribe Founder Dr. Prerna Kohli, India’s eminent psychologist, established the company to leverage the strength of the online to make counseling affordable and accessible to everyone. MindTribe provides counseling, workshops, support groups, forums, and eLearning.
About the Author.
Radhika Gupta is a psychologist at MindTribe.in. You can learn more about her by clicking here
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