Talking About Mental Health Is a Must

Huckleberry Grove’s mission is to break the stigma attached to Men’s Mental Health.

I can guarantee you that someone you know will be going through mental health issues as you read this. It’s a fact.

You yourself may have mental health issues.

I have mental health issues.

Mental Health is something we all share.

It’s quite bizarre to think that there is stigma attached to mental health. As a man I am as guilty as anyone for this.

When it comes to mental health, I treat others with more empathy and kindness than I do myself! I attach all the stereotypical cliche statements to myself. Weakness, men don’t cry, unstable, crazy etc. What a complete load of bull shirt.

I would never think that of someone else so why do I think that of myself?

To a degree, I think that men of today, we were brought up on the old school notions. You know, things like “men don’t talk about their feelings”, “stiff upper lip”, “keep calm and carry one”.

Personally I think these old school notions as I’m calling them, also include quite a bit of sexism in there too. I’m 30 something now, let’s think back 25 years ago.

There’s still a lot of work to do in the area of sexism, but look how far we’ve come in 25 or 30 years. “Women stay home all day and talk”, “oh look at that, it’s another mother’s committee meeting”. Our version of the wheels on the bus went “the mummies on the bus go chatter chatter chatter, all day long.

So to summarise, men just get on with it and women just talk all the time but there’s a sort of negative connotation with it that it’s just gabbing. I will go on record to say that my experience through my journey with depression and anxiety, the women are streets ahead of us blokes when it comes to opening up. That doesn’t mean we cant catch them up men 🙂

When this messaging is programmed into us from an early age, surely it’s not that much of a surprise that I feel this way about myself?

How to we start to break the stigma?

Well, it’s so simple yet so hard. Always the way right?

The best way to do this in my opinion, and many others like me, is to talk about it. The more we all talk about it, the more we help to normalise it. The more we are able to show people that this is a common problem and that we are not on our own.

I’ve attached a video today by some random blokes, talking about mental health. Not sure if you recognise any of them.

Please watch and if you have any thoughts you want to share, please comment or contact me through the contact page. Oh and share share share. 🙂

Thanks and take good care of yourselves.

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