Patriarchy: The Death of a Man’s Mental Health
New Delhi (India), November 17: Good Karma, now open at Park Street, is a safe space for healing, growing and evolving. Good Karma aims at eliminating stigma, raising awareness and the prevention of various Mental Health issues. “The other reason for the lack of reports may be due to an awareness or literacy gap about mental health issues. Some studies showed that men tend to be a little less informed than women when it comes to mental wellness.”
“Act like a man!”,”Stop crying like a girl!”,”Boys will be boys!”. Growing up, everyone has heard these phrases, irrespective of gender, age and caste. One should be glad that patriarchy hates everyone equally! On a serious note though these so-called ideal macho type of stereotypical male figures who don’t have feelings, wait no, it’s who don’t talk about their feelings need to be helped. Yes, they need help. Feelings should not be belittled, made fun of or swept under the proverbial rug! Feelings need to be expressed in words and action!
Love needs to be shown, admiration needs to be voiced. We also need to address the not-so-nice feelings of hate, and greed and jealousy. The root cause of these last three can be found in the inability to express their opinions freely. Boys just like girls need to be equal in expression and social emotional learning. Now even there is a mindfulness assess if you can be a top tier professional in the corporate settings here in India! This is because it indicates longevity, teamwork and leadership qualities. Appropriate vulnerability is a sought after quality in men now a days. However the societal norms and misconceptions can lead to no change which is happening all over India still to date from the most educated to the least. For example imagine a man reached out to their colleague, manager, or peer for help and shared their problems. Most of the times they might be dismissed or not taken seriously. There are ideas in society that it’s ‘frowned upon’ for men to show any vulnerability. Meanwhile, if it was a woman then it would be much more accepted. This is leading to what we call as an empathy gap between genders.
Forget those school year days where talking got you punished and standing outside the classroom!
In today’s times, we encourage you to talk and talk some more, for without an outlet to voice out your feelings there might come a day when your brain would simply refuse to listen to you.
Break the shackles that patriarchy has put on voicing out your feelings and give your feelings the love and care they deserve. Have a heart to heart with a loved one, be it your parent or friend or even your significant other. If there’s no one else talk to a professional, trust us they have degrees in listening and helping, cause now it’s Talk or Die. Fight for your right to express!
For any sort of Mental Health support and treatment, contact Good Karma on +91 9007168999 and set up a virtual/physical appointment today!
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