• Sherina Chandra

Men's Health Matters

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

‘I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way. I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.’ -Dwayne The Rock Johnson

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Men are stepping up and claiming their personal power when it comes to their overall well-being. For so long they have fallen victim to gender socialization and having to follow masculine ideals and norms. They have grow up from to feel that their sense of worth is tied to:

  • career advancement

  • money

  • providing and protecting

Women and men equally experience depression albeit for different reasons and women are more likely to reach out to a counsellor, a therapist or a friend. Men, for a long time felt that reaching out for support was a sign of weakness. They have been raised in a society that tells them to ‘man up.’

Today now more than ever men are in a position to be full seen, heard and understand because the language is being changed; they are being shown how speaking up is a sign of strength and control, (Journal of Canadian Family Physician, 2016).

For decades men have lived in silence and they became withdrawn and hopelessness. The Rock told Men’s Health magazine, ‘My knee-jerk reaction to sadness is some sort of action," he said during the Rampage press tour. "I like to go do something. For me, the going to do something, it sounds boring and cliche, but it is what it is with me, I gotta hit the gym." He also went on to say, “took me a long time to realize it but the key is not to be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You are not alone.”

Men need to know that nothing is broken, there’s just some shit that needs to be fixed up.

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