A MENTAL health advocate, Musavengana Chirau, has called for a supportive environment where men can open up about their struggles and to create a culture of compassion and support.
He said statistics showed that men were less likely to seek treatment for mental health issues, as societal expectations and stereotypes surrounding masculinity, often discourage them from seeking the support they need.
Chirau said mental health issues can also affect a man’s family and his loved ones, and it is crucial to address these difficulties to preserve healthy families and communities.
“It’s crucial to emphasise that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Men must prioritise their mental well-being,” said Chirau.
“Preserving healthy families and communities depends on addressing men’s mental health.
“Mental health problems can impact life expectancy and physical health if ignored.
“Addictions to substances, gambling and other high-risk activities can result from untreated mental health issues.
“In addition to impairing a man’s capacity to participate fully in society and his family, unresolved emotional issues can potentially inspire suicide thoughts and attempts.”