Men’s Mental Health

Colton Mudloff, Reporter

Society is becoming more empathetic to many more groups. This movement is called progressivism, a movement focused on social reform. However, it seems white men are getting the shorter end of the stick nowadays. It seems, as a society, we are focused on moving forward and worrying about “equal rights” for women and minority groups despite reaching legal equality a time ago.

While women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and attempt suicide, men in the UK are over three times more likely to successfully commit suicide. In 2016, white men made up seventy percent of all suicides. Why could this be?

About 60 percent of all gun owners are men, and about half of suicides are committed with a firearm. In a man’s childhood, they are told not to cry and to be strong. This suppression of emotions leads to men “bottling up” their emotions instead of sharing their woes and admitting emotional vulnerability. Men are 32 percent less likely to seek mental health help than women are. If one adds up all of these factors it is easy to see why men are more likely to meet a violent end at their own hands.

It is a very dark topic and not one that is comfortable to talk about, but how else should we make progress? Society needs not to lessen these problems to “first-world problems” and consider them as much as anyone else’s problems. Instead of fighting amongst ourselves to figure out who is and is not more worthy of our collective empathy, we should consider everyone’s emotional hardships the same. Hardship is not a contest.