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ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25646 Posted: 21st May 2019     Subject: Not Talking About Mental Health Is Literally Killing Men
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Older American article, but important.
Not Talking About Mental Health Is Literally Killing Men

Our editor explains why we have to fix this silent crisis now.
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By Sean Evans
May 2, 2018

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Men who are vocal about any kind of mental issues can be dismissed as weak. As inferior. As flawed, broken guys who are more likely to be ostracized for their honesty, instead of rewarded for their bravery. Instead of affording a fellow man compassion, we mock, belittle, and turn a blind eye. We freely spit the phrase, ďMan up, Ē as though your gender alone should suffice to guide you through your darkest times.

Or worse: we nonchalantly respond, ďWell, that sucks, Ē then change the subject because talking about feelings is just too real.

Whatís real is the fact that 9 percent of men experience depression on a daily basis. Thatís more than 6 million men. Even if we understand what depression feels like, we rarely admit thatís the culprit. We lie and say weíre tired or just cranky. More than 3 million men struggle with anxiety daily. Of the 3.5 million people diagnosed as schizophrenic by the age of 30, more than 90 percent are men. An estimated 10 million men in the U. S. will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime. (Our own Style and Grooming Editor Louis Baragona eloquently and touchingly shared his battle with bulimia.) We retreat from friends and instead drown sorrows in numbing substances. One out of every five men will develop an alcohol dependency during his life.

Male suicide is rising at such an alarming rate that itís been classified as a ďsilent epidemic. Ē Itís the seventh leading cause of death for males. Thatís a staggering statistic. Drill down into the numbers and suicide is the second most common cause of death for every age group for men 10 through 39.

Our mental problems are literally killing us. And that has to stop.

This macho attitude of stuffing your feelings down, or ignoring them, is antiquated and downright dangerous.

Itís okay to not have your shit together. Itís okay to feel depressed. Itís okay to feel overwhelmed. Itís okay to be sad. Itís okay to be anxious. Itís okay to be scared. Itís okay to not have everything figured out, to feel a wave of uncertainty come crashing over you and not know which way is up, or when your next gulp of air will come. These are perfectly normal feelings that every man experiences. And itís okay to talk about it.

Whatís not okay is suffering in silence.
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