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Men’s Mental Health Support

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

From birth, our society tells most men (directly or subliminally) that being emotional isn’t okay. We’ve all heard phrases like “crying like a little girl,” “boys don’t cry,” and “man up.” These help spread the idea that vulnerability is a feminine trait. They also enforce the false belief that men must bury their feelings in order to fit the box of masculinity…to “be a man.”

These pressures from society make up the traditional male gender role, and are part of what’s now known as “toxic masculinity.” We consider it toxic because it says that men must uphold a “tough” exterior. This often makes them feel that they must suppress sad, anxious, or lonely thoughts. Left unexpressed, these feelings can grow, resulting in anger, depression, or substance abuse.

Make yourself heard.

Because of the hyper-masculine nature of our culture, men’s mental health is often overlooked. This has led to an increase in men who have taken their own lives through suicide, as well as a higher chance of undiagnosed depression. In men, suicide is most strongly related to depression, physical pain and illness, living alone, and feelings of hopelessness and guilt. Men are also far more likely to describe their feelings as “stress” rather than sadness or hopelessness. But keeping these feelings inside is the fastest way for them to deepen and grow out of control.

Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.

Brené Brown

Traditional gender roles make many men feel unsure about reaching out for help with mental health, but these roles are outdated and often harmful. Our culture is progressing, and we challenge outdated or damaging patterns everyday. Speaking with a men’s mental health expert can help you to start moving toward emotional regulation and expression. Verbalizing your emotions or anger issues is a healthy way to release that build-up before it bubbles over. A Simple Modern therapist’s office is a safe place to do the work without over-burdening loved ones.

Since that day [I opened up about my emotions], it’s just been so much easier to live and so much easier to enjoy life.

Michael Phelps

Don’t go it alone.

Many men avoid asking for help because they fear it’s a sign of weakness. But at Simple Modern, we’re working to reframe help-seeking. Our goal is to change the stereotype that men shouldn’t talk about their feelings. Finding ways to change this is critical to lowering male suicide rates. We hope to help foster a society of happier, healthier fathers, sons, friends, and partners.

A therapist can help you discuss anxious or negative thoughts, and relationship dynamics, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. If you’re living with depression, physical pain and illness, sadness or loneliness due to living alone, or feelings of hopelessness or guilt, know that you are not alone. There is nothing weak about asking for help. In fact, it can be the bravest and most selfless thing to do.

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