Men & Mental Health: Talk about that Shit!

To all the men out there, your mental health is important. Discussing your feelings is still considered being strong. The man you are is a reflection of your inner work.

We’re ignoring the stigma surrounding mental health that stops many men from seeking help. Mental Health America reports 6 million men are affected by depression in the United States every single year. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism puts the annual number of men dying due to alcohol-related causes at 62,000, compared to 26,000 women. And men are also two to three times more likely to misuse drugs than women. Depression and suicide are ranked as a leading cause of death among men, and yet they’re still far less likely to seek mental health treatment than women.

The thing that people forget is that you have to choose yourself, even men. Sometimes choosing self means stepping away from everything you know just to be alone with all but you. When no one is around, when it is just you, who shows up? Where does home lie? I do not fear needing to go to a space of self and saying I need to center, I need to feel my root. Our roots run deep, but our branches sometimes break, that doesn’t mean that the tree will fall. The goal is as the wind, rain, and storms come that we with stand it all. We within stand those days and some days mean we connect more inwardly than outwardly. Connecting with yourself and choosing yourself does not mean you are weak. Saying to others, I can not help you right now because I have to make sure I am okay is the bravest thing ever done. From time to time you can be the man for others, but you will always have to be the man for yourself.