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Man therapy: Stigma in genders
It is never easy to get help when you’re in crisis, it can be something that is incredibly difficult. Being able to make that choice to better your life in seeking help can be one of the most important things you will ever do, but unfortunately there are things in society which cast getting help in a negative light. Anyone can suffer with a mental health issue; whether they are a man or a woman, but often times when a man tries to get help he is looked at as being not manly. This sort of stigma prevents a lot of males from getting help that they need, because they have been told that being manly and keeping everything inside are the same thing, when they really aren’t.The state of Colarado has the 6th highest suicide rate in the US, and men between the ages of 25 and 54 represent a large portion of those suicides. In order to combat these events, a website has been created called ManTherapy which uses humor in order to dispel myths about getting help and “being a man”, which gets the conversation going with someone who may need help. The website is very interactive and includes a lot of great information, being there for a demographic which is not always targeted when it comes to mental health.Let us know what you think in the comments! Is this representative of what men would want when trying to get help?
Max is a long time volunteer turned employee for mindyourmind as a Youth Outreach Assistant during the summer of 2012. He enjoys blogging, cats, and the state of Utah. Check him out on Twitter: @maxamilli
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