Mental health is something I’ve been rather passionate about for many years now. Given I experience mental illness, as do some of my family members and friends, mental health and its advocacy are of tremendous significance to me, and considering the current state of the world, I feel as though it is something that should have tremendous significance to most, if not all of us.
Allow me to momentarily switch gears and draw your attention to a television series called Queer Eye. I fucking love this show, as do most who watch it; it consists of five queer men who each have their own area of specialty and follows them as they assist someone who has been nominated for a life makeover, if you will. Karamo helps with lifestyle; Tan assists with fashion; Antoni aids with food; Bobby is in charge of home renovations; Johnathan leads the beauty game.
These guys help a wide variety of individuals who come from all walks of life, and a recent episode consisted of them helping out a Fraternity brotherhood in New Orleans. This episode was a little different than most in the sense the Queer guys were assisting about six men as opposed to one person, and the area of lifestyle Karamo focused on with these young men was mental health.
Karamo had all six of these lads sit down together and get into the nitty gritty of their emotions, and furthermore, their overall mental health. Almost all of these young men completely broke down the moment they attempted to discuss their mental state with their closest buddies, and it was absolutely heartbreaking to watch,
Why aren’t we doing more for men’s mental health? Why aren’t we advocating for it, for open and transparent communication and vulnerability? Men need a safe space to express what they’re feeling, and I don’t feel as though we as a collective society are doing nearly enough to support and assist men struggling with mental illness.
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