This November it's time to talk about Men's Health. The Movember Foundation is taking a stand to Tackle Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health And Suicide Prevention. To challenge the stigma of Mental Health they encourage everyone to have a conversation, just remember to use ALEC.
- ENCOURAGE ACTION
Click here for more information about Movember and how to get involved.
We often hear from men that they feel pressure to be seen as invulnerable, stoic, and fearless. This can lead to unrealistic expectations that as a man you should be able to cope no matter what, and “get on with it”. Emotions become synonymous with weakness and powerlessness. Men may also dismiss their feelings as unimportant and worry about burdening other people with their concerns.
Men experience emotions just as much as women do, however the pressure not to show emotion or vulnerability means that emotions will build-up and result in what appear to be random and unexpected behaviour. Reluctance to talk about or acknowledge emotion can manifest in all sorts of unhelpful ways including:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Addiction to gambling or betting
- Ending relationships prematurely
- Resigning suddenly from their job
- Stopping activities of interest e.g. sports
- Neglecting friends and family
- Working longer hours
- Communication only via emails or text messages
- Aggression or violence
- Excessive time watching fantasy, films, or gaming
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