The curious case of men’s mental health and how society deals with them
Even before the #metoo movement, there was a lot of talk for women to stand up and fight for the power that was warranted to them, but wasn’t allowed to them due to the “evil” men of the world.
I’m not going to pass any judgment on that, however, it’s safe to say that white men have become the villains of the world. Well, old white men were the villains, but now it feels like the age bracket has increased. Strange, isn’t it?
“What does that have to do with the title” you ask. You see, we live in media-filled times, and nearly everyone seems to have a voice, despite a lot of them not adding anything good, or anything at all.
There’s this particular subject that’s not being discussed that much, and that’s men’s mental health.
As a comedian/improviser/actor/author, regardless of when I have depression, I’m included in every group.
Seriously though, there are major differences between guys and girls in terms of how they interact. Girls are supportive of one another. If one girl is sad, her friends come along to help her out of it. If a guy is sad, people stay away, and on the occasion that someone asks what he has, they split once they hear the answer.
A guy is constantly told to toughen up, man up (erm…) or simply be an emotionless robot. Maybe in a hundred years.
Unlike girls, who constantly hug or touch people, guys receive a handshake, or a pat on the back, or a hug once in a while. Once the sentiment of touch secedes, a whole can of worms opens.
“How should I act now?”, “Do I do this?” “Can I do that?” “Do I have permission for this other thing?”
In a world with a plethora of shady information that gets pushed up, like porn, alpha male behaviour, and how being a bad guy gets you laid, males don’t really know how to behave.
They become emotionally frail, temperamental, and unable to communicate how they’d like.
They aren’t getting the right information. And who can blame them?
It’s been said that we are the generation that suffers the most, whether depression, or bipolar, or autism, or any other type of thing, we are the prime ones. But I’m pretty sure they suffered through that in the past, just not documented enough, so we have hiked up numbers.
It’s also been said that suicide is the…