Tuesday, December 6, 2016
A Crisis of Masculinity: Men Are Struggling to Cope with Life
This article summarizes a study done by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which sought to address the reasons why the male suicide rates in England are at a fifteen-year high. The study surveyed 1000 men and women, and out of all of them, roughly half confessed some degree of depression; however, the women were much far more likely to ask for help or to seek confidence with a friend.
“Men also felt additional pressure to remain strong during times of crisis. Around 42% of male respondents said they believe a man is ‘mostly responsible’ for being emotionally strong and taking charge in a crisis, compared to around 17% of women.”
Jane Powell, chief executive of CALM, said of the results, “Outmoded, incorrect and misplaced male self-beliefs are proving lethal and the traditional strong, silent response to adversity is increasingly failing to protect men from themselves.”