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Toxic masculinity has, for the longest time, been a taboo subject for males, with black men being the least open to the topic. It comes as a troubling fact since it is recorded that black adults are twenty percent more likely to develop a chronic mental health issue. The current generation of men, however, is breaking these barriers and becoming more vocal about issues that affect their gender.
Male Millenials and Mental Health
In light of the elevated vicious murders that have been publicized over the months, many black men find themselves in an impossible position where they can no longer silently sit in their trauma. Unfortunate, as the events have been, it’s undoubtedly a significant step in the right direction that has taken place and opened up the conversation around male mental health. The result has been that more mental-awareness discussions are happening within male groups than ever before.
Leading figures within the black community include hip-hop artist Kanye West, and DMX, several athletes, and political figures who have shared their struggle stories with mental health. Using their platforms to share such stories helps in the efforts to help normalize holding conversations about mental health.
Misinformation and Stigma
For a lot of men, the defining characteristic they identify themselves with is strength. As a result, they tend to cling to that strength, and their pride doesn’t allow them to explore their “vulnerable side.”
It’s a pity that mental health has a negative stigma surrounding it, which leads most men to detest, opening up in fear of being perceived as weak or less of a man. As such, the lack of education about the topic makes addressing such issues difficult.
Resources Available for Dealing With Mental Health
For a lot of boys, the process of being “groomed’ into a man entails toughening up and learning to “handle things.” It is why the work that’s being done to undo years of trauma and shed light on the raw and genuine psychological health conversations is so important.
The first step in the mental wellness journey is to find a practice that works for you. Some find that a combination of various forms helps, from working out, yoga, meditating, joining support groups, traveling, or engaging in hobbies. In addition to a set routine and having a dependable, safe space, there are National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Hotlines you can dial I’d you or someone you know is battling with emotional distress.