Shhhh be quiet. I’m going to talk about something no guy ever discusses with anyone.
I’m going to discuss MENTAL HEALTH!!. Yes those caps were meant to scream at the end.
Guys let’s be honest with ourselves we have mental health issues. We just hate to discuss it.
We have what I like to call superhero syndrome. We believe that we are Superman and mental health feels like our Kryptonite. Well guys your not Superman you were not born on Krypton.
I was born in Campti, Louisiana and I believe that anyone and everyone has mental issues.
Those issues may be acute (short term) or they may be chronic but we all have them.
NUMBERS NEVER LIE:
If you still don’t believe it’s a problem let’s look at the numbers.
- 1 in 5 men deal with a mental health issue every year.
- 6 million men suffer from depression every year in the US.
- 3 million men suffer from anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias.
- Male suicide rates are the highest and have been climbing since 2000.
- Alcohol dependency highest among males. The highest numbers are for homosexual men.
WHY ARE WE LIKE THIS??
Oh so the numbers say we have problem. So why are we less likely to try and get help. It’s because we are scared to admit we can’t solve the problem by ourselves.
Well fellows you CAN’T you need help. Whatever you are going through you need assistance.
I’m here to tell you that your not being strong by pushing your mental health under the rug. You are being selfish because whoever you love is not getting the greatest version of you.
Talk to someone who can help. Someone who is a professional.
Many men do not know that there insurance can cover these sessions. These sessions are free or have a very low cost and the best thing is there CONFIDENTIAL and can be done on the PHONE.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU??
I am not an expert on mental health, but I am someone who cares and knows you cannot be a true man of health until you get help. I will help find resources available to you. I will hold you accountable to put your mental health first.
There must be accountability. Weekly check-ins I believe that if you know someone is watching your back you do better. A health manager to make sure you are seeing and keeping your appointments.
If your mental health can improve with positive actions.
(A positive action is when you take a negative thought and replace it with a positive action (gym, drawing, music, etc)).
I will help craft a fitness plan and nutrition plan that can help your physical health, so you have the energy and stamina to improve your mental health.
Remember that I am not trying to be your sole mental health provider. I am here to supplement the care your mental health provider delivers. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others please seek emergency help now.
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:. 1-800-273-8255
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)