Although not taken as seriously as it should, a significant percentage of men suffer from depression. Based on surveys, researches and journals, men in the new generation are more likely to be diagnosed with postpartum depression. Because of the low priority given to men’s mental health and stereotypical belief about men and masculinity, the number of men suffering from mental health issues has increased in many countries such as Canada and United Kingdom.
Men and depression
This “Silent Crisis” has yet worsen in history because of men’s patriarchal view towards their own mental health; to them, showing any kind of weakness ,specifically mental, is a sign of them losing control and looking less capable to the society. According to Dr. Myers, a psychiatrist and clinical professor at UBC, “In men, mental illness can be masked. We’ve known for decades that women are more apt to recognize illness of any sort and go to their doctor. This doesn’t mean women are healthier, but that some men just repress.”, so while women publicly announce their need for health support, instead of talking and verbally dealing with these issues, men tend to rely on alcohol, abuse and violence verbally or physically, womanizing and basically acting out.
Unfortunately in many cases how men deal with life’s crisis such as divorce is very much linked to their mental health, and in some cases this cause serious damage such as committing suicide.
One of the most important things to do in these situations is spreading awareness and encouraging men to take their mental state seriously and not think less of themselves when they are facing illnesses. Family is a great way to encourage men to pay attention to their mental health or communicate with the doctor about the symptoms they are facing.
Many countries are increasing and widening their men’s mental health programs and knowledge to help reduce the high percentage of the new generation drowned in pain and stress. In Canada, this subject is fairly new but more information is given at any local mental health clinic or website about mental crisis.