Looking back to last year - we were able to attend so many men's health events. Most of them mental health based. People are out there still doing the work but this year it's different, this year it feels like the stigma is weighing heavy. A lot of us stuck indoors and away from connection more than usual - even if we were already more introverted. We still need human connection. And so I'm taking this time to share a bit about what I've learned about Men's Mental Health, sort of from the outside in, in honour of #Movember. Don't worry, I'm going to share lots of incredible dudes you can also go listen to and learn from - their real life - living experience.
I'm so grateful to have crossed paths with every single one of these gentleman. The humans they are inside and out are people I am so proud to stand beside - many in mental health advocacy. Fight it if you must, but the way society has played out leaves so many of our men completely locked up emotionally and seen as weak or less of a man/human for showing even an ounce of feeling. To be told you are lesser than. Because you feel.
I know this doesn't only pertain to men, trust me, I know. But for the sake of this article, I'm sharing what I see from the outside, as someone who identifies as a woman and sees day in and day out what my male partner goes through. No - I don't know what he's going through; I'm not him, I never ever ever will. I'm sharing what I can be endlessly sympathetic to, but never truly empathetic to. I'm sharing about the humans who I've been honoured enough to engage in conversation and goals with, who continuously teach me, and who I want you to learn more about ... These are the Men's Mental Health Advocates in my life, and I'd be stoked if you checked them out:
I encourage you to learn more about them + their stories - the innovation they've created and continue to work on. Stay tuned for the next blog in this series all about the organization + initiatives supporting men's mental health!
Who are the Men's Mental Health Advocates in your life? Leave a comment for this blog below or YAC at us firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help celebrate their story + achievements.