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Nov 26, 2019
How can men be encouraged to chat about health?

From their outward appearance to inner bodily functions, many men struggle to talk to others about how they’re doing. Canvas8 spoke to three experts about how charities and brands can promote open conversations among men about physical and mental health, thereby improving their wellbeing.

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Most of us will be familiar with the idea that ‘boys don’t cry’ and have likely (regardless of gender) been told to ‘man up’. Long-entrenched ideas around masculinity have seen many men neglect their mental and physical health to avoid looking ‘weak’ or ‘feminine’, and the negative consequences of this mentality have been widely observed. According to a report from Samaritans, British men are three times more likely than women to commit suicide, with those aged 45-49 being the most vulnerable. [] In the US, meanwhile, suicides rates are rising across the board, but especially among young males. []