Men do not need to face depression alone...
Stress is something many men are affected by at some point in their life. By not controlling stress, mental health issues such as depression can arise. This month we highlight the issue depression, caused by stress, can have on men and how we can play a part in supporting.
Typically, men are more vulnerable to the effects of stress as they may perceive depression as a weakness. Even though we are living in a society in which there has been so much change towards the gender perceptions of both male and female, emotion among many men continues to be regarded as instability.
This is especially the case in developing countries where traditional gender roles are more strongly endorsed.
In fact, while more women have suicidal thoughts, a greater number of men die by taking their own lives.
Many men are guilty for not truly expressing their emotion. They are known not to speak with each other about how they are feeling. Men may identify they are stressed but fail to address the problem.
Mind, the mental health charity, say one in three men (32%) have poor mental health because of their job. One in seven men (14%) say it’s problems outside of the workplace.
The charity suggests men are twice as likely as women to have nobody to rely on for emotional support. This is the average to around one in ten men. But there are plenty of methods to gain support.
Speaking to someone whom you trust can hugely help with addressing a concern with your mental health. Many specialists believe there is healing when telling people about what you are experiencing.
Identifying what may be the route cause of your depression is also important; once you know why you feel the way you do, you can address the problem for the better.
If you’re still feeling down or depressed after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call 111.
We need to support every man who may be facing a mental health problem.