In a world that often celebrates strength and resilience, it’s easy for men to feel the weight of societal expectations. International Men’s Day, celebrated on November 19th each year, provides us a unique opportunity to shed light on an essential topic—men’s mental health.
This day serves as a reminder of the significance of breaking the silence surrounding men’s mental health, offering support, and fostering a culture where seeking help is not only accepted but encouraged.
To mark the occasion, The Ministry for Equality organised a wellbeing and mental health awareness-raising event at the Piazza on Monday 20th November. Together with the Ministry of Public Health and the GHA’s Mental Health Services, GibSams joined forces with local charities and NGOs to support the event and promote the importance of men’s mental health awareness. Our team members were on hand to answer questions and provide information about the resources available relevant to mental health and wellbeing.
Breaking The Stigma Surrounding Men’s Mental Health
Historically, men have been taught to embody traditional notions of masculinity, which can sometimes discourage vulnerability and emotional expression. The pressure to “man up” and handle everything independently has often made men suffer in silence. Consequently, many men hesitate to seek help for their mental health challenges due to fear, shame, or the belief that they should be able to cope on their own.
However, it’s crucial to recognise that strength lies in seeking help when needed, not in suppressing emotions or struggling alone. Men’s mental health matters, and it’s time to destigmatise reaching out for support.
The Importance of Seeking Help
One of the most important messages on International Men’s Day is that seeking help is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of courage and self-awareness. Just as we prioritise physical health check-ups through initiatives such as “Movember”, regular mental health check-ins are equally important.
The message to men is that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health challenge. In fact, it’s a proactive step toward taking control of your well-being and leading a healthier, happier life.
Resources for Men’s Mental Health
At GibSams, we understand the unique challenges that men may face when addressing their mental health concerns. That’s why we offer a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space for individuals to talk about their feelings and experiences.
Our trained listeners are here to lend an empathetic ear, offer support, and provide valuable insights. Whether you’re dealing with relationship issues, work-related stress, loneliness or any other mental health challenge, our team is dedicated to helping you navigate these difficult times.
Fostering a Culture of Support
Breaking down the barriers around men’s mental health requires a collective effort. These are some of the ways we can all contribute to fostering a culture of support and acceptance:
Open Dialogue: Encourage open and honest conversations about mental health with the men in your life. Let them know that it’s okay to talk about their feelings and that you’re there to listen without judgment.
Education: Educate yourself and others about the signs of mental health issues in men. Understanding these signs can help you recognise when someone may be struggling.
Promote Self-Care: Encourage self-care practices, such as exercise, meditation, and mindfulness, which can greatly benefit men’s mental health.
Be Patient: Understand that it may take time for men to feel comfortable seeking help. Be patient and offer support.
On this International Men’s Day, let’s celebrate the men in our lives by prioritising their mental health. Let’s ensure they know they don’t have to carry their burdens alone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out. GibSams is here for you, ready to listen and support you on your journey to better mental well-being.
Remember, it’s never too late to seek help, and you are never alone in your struggles.