Updated: Mar 7
The month of November, also known as “Movember,” is all about men’s health awareness. Bringing attention to prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. These are topics briefly touched on and not widely talked about. The reason for this is because we have grown in a society where men are thought to have no emotion, no passion, and no sense of heart, just the head. Even though logic is a wonderful thing I believe that logic is incomplete without the heart. After all, the heart and head are a team when it comes to guiding the body.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “In 2019, men died by suicide 3.63x as often as women.” Men suffer with suicidal thoughts, however, most are afraid to speak up due to it not being socially acceptable. I know some of you are probably thinking that things are changing and we are getting better. Yes, indeed we are but there’s still many more things to be normalized without judgement. Normalize asking for help, talking about their feelings, expressing and having emotions, going to therapy, being in touch with their feminine traits, prioritizing mental and emotional wellbeing, having insecurities about their body, crying, and showing weakness.
So for anyone reading this you are allowed to show emotion and voicing that you aren’t feeling the best at times is very human of you. It’s not “unmanly” to struggle. Let's normalize men’s mental health as they are humans with huge responsibilities in a society. Let’s not just villainize men, but support them equally.