In most cultural conversations, men enjoy surplus of airtime. But it’s becoming ever clear that the mixed signals we get from society about how to think and act make for an uphill struggle on the mental wellness front.
Did you know for men depression and suicide are among the leading causes of death in men, and yet men remain less likely to seek treatment than women. The facts show from data of the National Health Interview Survey Trusted Source, showed that 9 percent of men who participated experienced daily symptoms of depression or anxiety.
Why don’t men talk about mental health?
Society's expectations and traditional gender roles play a role in why men are less likely to discuss or seek help for their mental health problems. We know that gender stereotypes about women – the idea they should behave or look a certain way, for example – can be damaging to them. But it’s important to understand that men can be damaged by stereotypes and expectations too. Men are often expected to be the breadwinners and to be strong, dominant and in control, however when they are struggling this can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up.
Equally at Simply Divine we are having more men attend our Mind Body Spirit Retreats, to have time out from the day to day life and personally initiations and challenges that are present to them at that time.
Therefore after a flood of enquires we are now opening the space to host a 4 day retreat specifically to support men ages from 18 years- upwards.