You don’t have to look far to find people calling attention to women’s mental health issues. Sadly the same cannot be said for the reverse. Anyone daring to even raise the topic, risking accusations of sexism and misogyny being thrown at them, seemingly just for caring about his fellow men. This political climate, which has so successfully stifled any real meaningful debate over men’s mental health issues is largely why the problems seem to just keep growing.

Consider for a moment the following facts:

Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.

Men are far more likely to deal with mental health issues with substance abuse.

The vast majority of homeless are men, and over 70% have mental health issues.

Men dominate a prison population, of which an estimated 90% have mental health problems.

Yet despite all of this, it’s still overwhelmingly women’s mental health issues that get the attention. Even when it might be undeserved. Such as when a recent new study showed that it was men and not women as previously thought suffering the most from work related mental health issues. Is it really surprising we live in a world where men are offing themselves in record numbers, when our culture is dominated by a pro extreme feminist media, which depicts anyone trying to give any attention to the plights of men, as horrible sexist agents of some invisible patriarchy?

Only by daring to risk such attacks though, and calling attention to the facts above can we ever hope to get men the help so many clearly need, and as human beings deserve. It is a human issue after all and not one we should make gender based in the first place. Anyone suffering from serious mental health issues is unlikely to live in a bubble after all, a depressed man for example will have an effect on the female members of his family around him. By refusing to call attention to the male half of the problem though, we as a society have let it spiral out of control. It’s time to starting fighting back, and not be afraid to admit men’s mental health problems not only need addressing, but maybe even more so then women’s.

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