I am not a Mental Health professional. Therefore anything I post here is anecdotal, reflections of my personal feelings, views and lived experiences. If you have a mental illness then I recommend in the strongest possible terms that you seek professional help. These resources are a good start.
There is a lot of stigma attached to mental health and for men in particular this can be especially harrowing. We are expected in most walks of life never to talk about our feelings. We are expected to “man up” and “take it on the chin”.
Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and you are not a “pussy” for not talking about depression or personal inadequacy. I myself went through periods of depression as a child – for no known reason – and my father persistently told me to “pull myself together” and “stop being such a girl” when he should have taken me to a Doctor. I didn’t know any better so began to see myself as a lesser person. I developed critically low self-esteem believing myself unworthy of friendship, of a girlfriend at an age I should have been chasing anything in a skirt… unworthy of anything. This is a list of resources related to mental health issues specifically for men.
MentalHealth.org.uk have a free to download book of MH facts
Men’s Health Forum helps men with all sorts of health issues including mental health
Mindful.org resource site and magazine. Their articles feature real people dealing with every day mental health issues
A leaflet from Mind about men’s health problems – aimed largely at professionals and those caring for men with mental health issues
Men’s Health Forum in association with Mind have this list of resources. There are many links to pages typically dealing with men’s health issues including sexual problems and mental health
Mindfulness / CBT Exercises
Living Life to the Full audio lectures and exercises for depression, stress and anxiety
Free Mindfulness Resources downloadable audio files for your mp3 player or tablet
Other Men’s Issues
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