I hope you are all well.
This week I thought I would write about men.
I am definitely no expert on the gender but I thought it would be interesting to get some discussion going about men and their health issues … for the blokes out there.
Men’s health issues have been historically neglected.
What are our cultural expectations of men in society?
“Infant boys are both more sensitive than girls and more demanding and difficult, yet society assumes that boys should be tougher” (Price, JCM, 2003)
“Women are twice as likely as men to seek help for depression, but men are four times as likely to kill themselves, whilst male psychiatric patients outnumber women. The violent crime rate is soaring … and men are more likely to experience addiction disorders, especially substance abuse” (Price, JCM, 2003).
What is happening to our men?
Did you watch
It had a program on American military personnel, who come back from a tour of duty.
They quoted 6500 personnel commit suicide every year once they come back home from duty.
These are men and some women, who we as a society entrust our freedom to.
They serve to protect our countries and our lives yet we do little to support those people in return.
The military has historically been a male-dominated organisation.
One of the men on the program stated that no one wants to know about these deaths as they occur at home and off duty, but if a soldier dies on duty he then becomes a hero.
What situations do we put our men in and expect them to just deal with it?
What does that say about how we expect and want our men to behave?
Our expectations are allowing deaths to occur.
How do we reach out to build understanding and offer help to men who are in need of support?
What do men want and need to be happy and feel fulfilled?
Price, S. (2003) Men and Depression Seeing and Believing, JCM: 71
If you or someone you know would like help or information about suicide, contact Lifeline on 131 114 or visit the Beyond Blue website.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and counsellor Kim Bookarof promotes physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing, while encouraging awareness of health issues in the community.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.