On the 15th-21st June the world celebrates Men’s Health Week. This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.
We aren't just talking about the physical ailments that affect a significantly higher proportion of men than women , such as heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, diabetes and stroke. For Men's Health Week, the focus is on mental health. Did you know that 3 times as many men to women will commit suicide?
Men and mental health still carries this unwarranted stigma for being something you just don't talk about. Even in this day, societal expectations and traditional gender roles make it more difficult for people to reach out for help. This why there are higher rates of suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, abuse amongst males.
During Covid, mental health issues have sky rocketed and it is crucial now more than ever that people should feel like they can reach out without the fear of judgement.