Mental Health is a term that is often used in our daily lives, yet it is an expression that is frequently misunderstood. It is usually used as a replacement for Mental Health issues and conditions, such as anxiety and depression, rather than happiness and wellness. Moreover, some people view those that talk about the state of their Mental Health as being weak and that if any form of emotion were to be expressed, they would be subjected to judgement.
Many men believe they need to be strong because the social norms around “being a man” reveal a tough demeanour, that silence the expression of feelings and instead bottle them up. These expectations around masculinity (or toxic masculinity) can be detrimental when it comes to Mental Health, as it can become difficult for a man to reflect on and acknowledge their own feelings. In turn, this may result in making it harder to know who and where to reach out to for support.
This week is Men’s Mental Health Week. At Matter., we hosted a small workshop to raise awareness and create a platform to extend the conversation. Our MD, Nigel, bravely shared his story and experience with Mental Health. This ignited a connection between all of us by creating a powerful gateway to let others know that it is okay to talk about how we feel.
Matter. will continue to be strong advocates for Mental Health and will promote wellbeing. We will use several strategies to create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace, which include:
- Increase awareness and discuss Mental Health in the workplace
- Provide small workshops on stress management, resilience and self-care
- Promote work/life balance
- Offer support through organisational resources
It is time to create change and shift our mindsets. We all hold the power to change the world and to normalise seeking help. We can empower people to share their stories and transform the conversation of Mental Health. It is highly encouraged that we reach out to our family and friends, as through early intervention we can empower men to take control of their Mental Health and create societal change by reducing the stigma around seeking support.
Below are a list of services you can access for support. We are never alone.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and you think immediate action is needed, call emergency services (000). If you or someone you know needs help, call:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978