As a male, I have experienced firsthand the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. Society sets expectations on men to be strong, tough, and to never show weakness. Unfortunately, this mindset can lead to many men feeling isolated and ashamed of their emotions.

Growing up, I was always taught to toughen up and never show vulnerability. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I realized how damaging this mindset could be. I found myself struggling with anxiety and depression, but I was too afraid to seek help. I didn’t want to be seen as weak or less of a man.

It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom that I finally reached out for help. It was the best decision I ever made. I realized that seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength.

The stigma surrounding men’s mental health needs to end. We need to create a safe space for men to talk about their emotions without fear of judgment. It’s okay to not be okay. We need to encourage men to seek help and to show vulnerability. By doing so, we can break down the walls of the stigma and create a healthier society.

I urge all men to prioritize their mental health and to seek help if they need it. Don’t let the stigma hold you back. Remember, it’s okay to not be okay, and seeking help is a sign of strength.