- Men are 3.5 times more likely to kill themselves than women.
- Because it is socially unacceptable for men to ask for help, men with depression are often left alone.
- We need to change this. We challenge you to share this article to help spread awareness of the fact that yes, men do face emotional pain, and yes, men do need to feel that they can ask for help.
There is a huge gender gap between the way men and women face depression and emotional trauma. In a survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, more than a quarter of men admitted that they had experienced mental health problems and did not seek medical aid.
Men are statistically much less likely to ask for help when facing a mental health problem. Not only are they less likely to ask for professional help with depression, they are also less likely to admit to friends and families that they are facing a problem.
Millions of men around the world, right now, are facing clinical mental health problems unknown to their closest friends and family, even to their wives, parents, and children.
The survey was the largest of its kind and polled more than 2,500 people with mental health problems. 28% of women said they would not seek medical help for a mental health problem, compared to 10% of women.
Cultural differences are believed to be responsible. For centuries, it has been considered socially unacceptable for men to ask for help, or for men to even have a mental health problem or emotionally complication. Such notions as “Men don’t cry” have led men to close off from their emotions. But when men do not face their mental health problems they lose control. Suicide then becomes a possibility.
Overcoming depression is a monstrous challenge. When I personally faced clinical depression years ago, after a break-up and losing my home, I considered suicide many times. I was, in a way, fortunate. I had been taught from a young age that I, as a man do have emotions and that it is okay to ask for help. And so I did. I asked for professional and personal help. And thanks to that help, after months of suffering, I managed to beat depression ( I did this mostly using meditation for depression). But many men feel unable to ask for help, and so cannot overcome depression.
On average, approximately 90 men in America commit suicide every day, and these figures are comparable to the UK and Canada.
We can prevent these suicides. Men who ask for medical help with depression are significantly more likely to survive. The problem is that men who are depressed are less likely to challenge the status quo, and the status quo still, wrongly, says that men should not admit to emotional complications.
We here at The Daily Meditation are helping men to admit to their emotions, because only then can we help men to overcome depression by getting the help we need.
We encourage you to help. Here’s how:
- Tell your male friends and family members that it is okay for them to experience emotions; that it is okay for them to ask for help if they need to.
- Share this page on Facebook and Twitter to tell men that they can get the help they need.
- Donate to our organisation so we can continue to help those in need.
Thanks for reading. We appreciate your support.
Suicide statistics from the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention