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Breaking the Current Stigma Surrounding Men’s Mental Health

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Breaking the Current Stigma Surrounding Men’s Mental Health

Men have feelings and emotions just as women do, but often society frowns upon men who openly show them. Generally, there’s a stigma surrounding men’s mental health. Our society seems to indicate that men should always be brave and fearless, bold, and unemotional. Sadly, this isn’t healthy for anyone. Emotional expression is healthy while holding feelings back for fear of being ridiculed or mocked is not. However, you can help break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health by supporting the men in your life. If you’re a young man experiencing emotional or mental health problems, turn to the Red Oak Recovery® men’s mental health treatment program today at 866.457.7590.

Why Men Feel Sad Sometimes, Too

Sadness and melancholy feelings aren’t exclusive to women. All men feel sad sometimes, too. While the issues important to men often vary from those that cause women to feel blue, the feeling is the same: hopelessness, helplessness, and even anger. Unfortunately, holding these feelings in or pretending they don’t exist can cause stress and anxiety to develop. It may also contribute to physical problems such as heart attack, stroke, or panic disorder.

Therefore, if you need help to work through emotions in healthy ways, a men’s mental health treatment center may be the solution.

How Withholding Anger Can Lead to Anger Management Issues

Do you deal with your anger when it happens, or are you someone who pushes it down, makes light of it, or feels guilty for experiencing it? If your anger is controlling you instead of you controlling it, you’re not alone. For example, millions of people in America have trouble coping with anger in healthy ways; allowing it to build until it erupts is a popular choice.

Unfortunately, unchecked anger is never healthy. If you’ve heard of those tragic cases of road-rage, domestic abuse, or active shooters, you may have witnessed an example of someone who didn’t deal with anger constructively. It’s vital to your mental health and peace of mind for you to process anger when you feel it. It’s a valid emotion, and it deserves recognition. But you don’t have to act out because you’re angry. Learning how to manage your anger as part of a men’s mental health treatment program will help you change the way you deal with feelings of disappointment, rage, or grief.

How You Can Help Break the Macho-Man Stigma

If you love a man who’s struggling, you can be supportive by encouraging him to express his emotions in healthy ways. In general, be there to listen and encourage your loved one to talk about problems and issues before they pile up. Working through feelings is essential. Nobody should ever feel that they always have to be the strong one. Everyone deserves the opportunity to be the weaker one occasionally. It’s okay to ask for help and to rely on others for occasional strength. Therefore, encourage your friend or family member to call upon a men’s mental health treatment center for help if they need it.

Find Help at Red Oak Recovery®

Red Oak Recovery® in North Carolina is a men’s mental health center that treats young adults ages 18 to 30. Whether you’re dealing with addiction to drugs, alcoholism, or mental health issues, we’re willing to help. Red Oak Recovery® offers:

  • Experienced clinicians
  • Emphasis on wilderness therapy
  • Scenic, peaceful campus
  • Highest level of care

Clients who recover with us learn the coping skills and recovery behaviors to succeed in life. Our highly trained clinicians and experienced staff are always professional and respectful. We’ll devise an individualized treatment plan that’s specific to you that will help you learn to manage overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger, or fear. We’ll be here for you every step of the way to recovery and beyond. Contact Red Oak Recovery® today at 866.457.7590 to learn more.