Men’s mental health is something we don’t talk about a lot. The thing is, we should. Seriously. The discussion about the importance of recognizing that mental and physical health are equally important is happening. That said, it’s happening most often among women.
It’s Not Just a Problem for Women
Thing is, though, men’s mental health is just as important as women’s. We’re just not talking about it like they are. I was reading the news a few weeks back and I saw a headline with Ryan Reynolds. Turns out the guy has some serious anxiety issues. Yes, that Ryan Reynolds. Deadpool!
Here’s this man pretty much most of us wouldn’t mind being for a day (or a lot of days) and it turns out he’s got an anxiety disorder. Is he weak? Stupid? Less awesome? Nope. In fact, I have to say that I think even more of him now that he got real about men’s mental health, and he did it publicly.
Role Models in Men’s Mental Health
I can’t be the only guy who wouldn’t mind being a bit more like Ryan Reynolds on occasion. In fact, I know I’m not. Now, I realize that’s even better news than it used to be. If we’re going to have a role model in a celebrity, we may as well find one that’s doing us some good, even if it’s coincidental.
In the interview I read, Reynolds said he now has – and has always had – anxiety. He also pointed out that there are 40 million people in the United States alone suffering from that same problem. That’s not just a women’s issue. That may be bad news, but the good news is that he’s one of a rising number of male celebrities openly talking about men’s mental health.
Show Some Respect
I give a lot of respect to guys who talk about men’s mental health. It’s not easy. Even if you’re as cool as Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool!). We don’t want to be judged. We don’t want to admit weakness. People make assumptions. Since people don’t talk about it as much, it’s not as easy to do.
As these top stars start to make it more normal for guys to talk about men’s mental health, we’ll all start to do it more. It’s not something to be embarrassed about. It is something important. Let’s all be more like Ryan Reynolds.