Make the change and fight depression
Mental health is a buzzword with an ever growing importance.
According to the Mental Wellness Matters Society, men are less likely to seek mental health treatment than the opposite gender.
They state that some men fall into depression due to environmental stress, financial problems, the loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, major life changes, work problems or stressful situations.
There is no cure for mental illness, but there are lots of effective treatments.
“People with mental illnesses can recover and live long and healthy lives. Even though masculinity can actually be a burden on mental health it is important for men to undergo therapy and join support groups. Treatments for mental illness include lifestyle changes, support groups, medication and therapy. Everyone is different, so you’ll probably need to find a combination that works best for you,” their website states.
Some of the treatments, such as medication and therapy, require working with a professional but there are a few treatment options you can do on your own.
The society’s website notes that men who suffer from depression should ensure they get regular sleep, eat healthy and exercise regularly.
“Meditation, yoga and spiritual practices can be helpful as well. Pay attention to simple things such as taking care of yourself, trying activities you enjoy and spending time with people. Therapy can be a great way to change behaviour, gain confidence, learn new skills and talk with someone openly and honestly.
Most therapists use multiple techniques, depending on the needs of the person they work with. The most common type of therapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where a therapist helps you examine your thoughts and beliefs and how these influence your behaviour.”
Support from others are also important, according to them. “Support can be from family, friends, professionals or support groups. Support groups are made of individuals with similar experiences who meet regularly to discuss their experiences. Talking to people who go through the same things can make you feel less alone and more connected. These groups also create a space where people can share what has worked for them and talk through their struggles with people who understand.”