Today we look at a mental health in men, in particular the mental health of one man, his thoughts and how they tie in with stereotypes. Some of you will of read Mark R’s story of which part of this blog is based on. Let’s look at the stereotypes first. Men must be seen to be strong and stable. Men shouldn’t cry or show negative feelings. We all know these stereotypes are wrong and unhelpful to a good state of mental health but they do appear and people do follow them.
So I went through the start of my anxiety problems avoiding telling people about them, they were too painful at the time and I didn’t want to be seen as abnormal. I did cry due to the anxiety but I hated crying, I still hate crying it didn’t feel like I should be crying. I would see that everyone else was fine and I wasn’t. Years later in my late teens I did get over this, I let myself be a bit unstable because it was getting normal for me now. We come to the present and I know it’s okay to cry and be unstable when I need to be but that’s taken a long time to let myself be rid of those feelings.
So from the previous paragraph we can see that stereotypes exist but they are unhelpful. They let a man allow their anxiety to consume then. Talking about your mental health does help; it allows you to share experiences, share feelings and importantly share solutions. You never know when talking to someone they may mention a certain technique or place that you can get the help you need at the time.
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