Many people, certainly of my generation, may recall these hauntingly whispered vocals on 10cc’s song ‘I’m Not in Love’
Sad to think that too often this remains the case, something that was highlighted to me when I read a blog post published a few days ago on the US site, ‘The Good Men Project’. Although this refers to the situation Stateside, it is just as relevant to us this side of the Pond.
For years, men have been scared to open up about their emotions and their mental health, often with devastating consequences for themselves personally and for those around them.
It’s encouraging to see that things are shifting though. Last month’s Movember campaign with its focus on men’s mental health and suicide prevention as well as a number of high profile companies running similar campaigns are a big step in the right direction.
For my part, I found the courage some years ago and I am also seeing an increase in the number of men coming into my practice seeking help and ready to be open. Long may that continue!
We need to continue to promote strong mental health for everyone but for men in particular it is worth stating unequivocally,
‘You don’t have to be quiet and big boys can cry if they want to’