Mental Health, A Conversation

Lifestyle * by Vincent Liberto

Vincent Liberto is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) and co-founder of The JMAK. Vinny specializes in computer science but also discusses faith and productivity with a focus on introspection and self-growth. He is a sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Always look down the open road

“Realizing mental health isn’t a weakness. When they realize it’s essential to talk about and seek help regarding the mental stress, they’ll seek help and feel better about themselves.”

Anonymous

In today’s society, mental health has been a critical topic amongst all groups. I can’t speak for others but, there has always been a stigma around mental health and men. The typical saying is, “Man up.” However, this can be true in small cases where the issue at hand is small. When a man is afraid to speak about their problems regarding mental health, there is a problem. Now, I’m not asking everyone to be completely open about everything and continuously ask each other about their mental health. What I am asking is to check in on each other occasionally. Be more open to talking to each other about your mental health.

One common aspect of society is the casual, “how’s it going?” We say this as we greet someone or even walk by, always expecting the reply, “good, how are you?” This interaction has been ingrained in us our whole lives; we never expand upon those few words. A reason for being this way could be because we don’t want to unload on someone who we think was being nice to us. Another reason could be we’re worried about what that person would view us as if we told them how we feel. Through trying to figure out why mental health amongst men has been pushed to the side, I interviewed a guest to see their thoughts.

Q: How important is mental health in your life? A: “It is essential for consistency and stability and a sound foundation to make the right decisions. It allows you to experience life freely without a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety.” Q: How do you think society should approach the subject of mental health amongst men? A: “Realizing mental health isn’t a weakness. When they realize it’s essential to talk about and seek help regarding the mental stress, they’ll seek help and feel better about themselves. Mental illness is like any disease; you need to go and get treatment for it.” Q: What steps do you take today towards your mental health? A: “A balance of energy for others, as well as energy for yourself. I think mental health is all about being able to distribute the energy you have in your life equally.”

“When a man is afraid to speak about their problems regarding mental health, there is a problem.“

Find the strength to navigate the vast waves of life.

As society continues to take strides with mental health, men shouldn’t be left behind. A few things to consider as you continue throughout your day; Make it a point to check in on your friends. Talk to each other about more in-depth aspects of life than only how class went and the game the night before. Lastly, put more energy towards self-care and your mental health. As Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

1 Comment

  1. Good words about culturing good mental health with yourself and others. Mild forms of mental stress can be healthy when viewed in the proper context. Like paranoia for example. Experiencing a little bit of paranoia means never having to feel alone!

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