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No longer will I try to hide who I am just to be accepted by none of y'all. I smoke 🌲🌲 and I enjoy it. I drink occasionally. I Krump and I FUCKIN love it. It makes ME HAPPY. I make music. It makes ME HAPPY. I say fuck a lot. I'm super corny and I'm the best at it. I love anime, cartoons, comics all that shit. I'm bout sick of muhfuckas tryna fix me. Who the fuck said i was broken to begin with? I'm not a killer, I'm not in these streets, I take care of my son, I have a job, i don't even like fighting nor violence i detest it. And though I may not be perfect I talk to God everyday. He has blessed me and is continuing to bless me. Not hiding who I am anymore. I have been depressed about being myself my entire life tryna please others. No.....more. This is me going into 2020 not giving a FUCK what y'all think of me. You aint my savior so i don't need to please none of you dream killing muhfuckas #MaleMentalHealth #MaleMentalHealth #SelfLove #YLNMuzik #MentalHealth #mentalhealing #MentalIllness to #MentalHealness #ImBetter #Happiness #LoveTheSkinImIn

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Day 6 of the #bopoartcollab on Men’s Mental Health⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Prompt: Wounded⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A lot of the "toxic" aspects of toxic masculinity are caused by deep wounds caused by not being able to express feelings and seek the help they need. It's important for us as a society to provide safe environments that foster honest expression to start to heal these wounds. Because they don't just belong to the individual—they belong to all of us. When one of us hurts, we all hurt.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [Image: A round Little Cutie sitting back, shedding a tear. A giant bandage covers his chest.]⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #littlecuties #societalwounds #mentalhealth #mensmentalhealth #masculinity #toxicmasculinity #authenticmasculinity #truemasculinity #roguemanhood #mentalhealthart #malebodypositivity #malementalhealth #bodypositiveart #mybodystory #endbodyshaming #endbodyshame #realbodies #morethanasize #bodypositivity #bodyposi #bodypositive #bopo #bodystory #bodystorypodcast

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This makes me so sad. I’ve been reflecting a lot about the important men in my life. I have started to employ more patience and love. There’s so much out there for us women, but where’s the love and support for men? If there are any men out there who are struggling, I’m wondering, where do you go for support? Phrases like “man up” make no fucking sense and I’m tired of hearing it We wonder why there’s such an imbalance in relationships between a man and a woman (for example) and then continue to expect so much from a man? Mad ting if you ask me If you want a man to romance you then maybe check yourself first and see what you need to fix up on 🤣 cba with demanding girls whining about 101 things they’re expecting from a man (whilst sitting on their ass) Anyway rant over 🤜🏽 I am learning so much about the men in my life, and I’m learning to appreciate everyone’s love language is different. We need to appreciate men more. To conclude: Be mindful and loving towards the men in your life by being kind and compassionate Take the time to understand them Accept 👏🏽 Them 👏🏽 For 👏🏽Who 👏🏽 They 👏🏽 Are . I’ve also been researching how a man’s brain is different to a lady’s, and it’s really interesting . I hope this post sparked some loving thoughts 💙 . Warm Wishes, Justine #love #malementalhealth #compassion #selflove #family

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In addition to my Little Cutie from yesterday, I wanted to share these images with you. On the left is my father-in-law, circa 1992 and 2016. The top image is him with my husband, @dannysvogt, and the bottom is him with my daughter, Henley. We had no idea the top image existed when we captured the bottom one.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dads are pretty cool, grandpas are even cooler. The amount of love I've seen from the men in my life since I had my daughter is astounding. It's moments like these that I'm glad I get to look back on and remember how gentle and caring they were with my child when she was small, and that she gets to grow up watching men be vulnerable, caring, and kind, rather than macho and walled off.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [Image: Two images of a man holding a child. They are almost identical. The one on top is of him holding a toddler son (c. 1992), and the one on the bottom is of him holding his toddler granddaughter (2016).]⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mentalhealth #mensmentalhealth #masculinity #toxicmasculinity #authenticmasculinity #truemasculinity #roguemanhood #mentalhealthart #malebodypositivity #malementalhealth #bodypositiveart #mybodystory #endbodyshaming #endbodyshame #realbodies #morethanasize #bodypositivity #bodyposi #bodypositive #bopo #bodystory #bodystorypodcast #bodyappreciation #bodyneutrality

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Recently I met a man who refused to cry. He hadn’t cried since his father’s death. He said he did all his crying that day. He didn’t say anything more. He didn’t want to talk about it because he was afraid of what would happen. I wonder what he thought would happen, I suspect he was afraid he would cry. So, instead, he drank. He drank all his tears in a bottle of whisky and he told many funny jokes instead. But when he thought you weren’t looking you could see the shadow across his face. I work with many men who hold a lot of pain and refuse to let it out. They fuck. They drink. They smoke. So do women, but most women don’t feel shame when they cry. When a man cries in one of our sessions it is like a child is born. It is the breaking down of centuries of emotional abuse that has taught him he cannot ever show weakness. Even unto death.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “In most, if not all, contemporary societies, hegemonic masculinities not only have a detrimental effect on men’s health (Stanistreet et al., 2005), but also involve the subordination of women. Overcoming the gender gap in suicide and other health-related factors will, therefore, require societies to challenge hegemonic masculinities as well as the power structures that give rise to them.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Burn your bras boys. #metoo is your revolution too.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Pic: @rorablue

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In less than 30 days, we will have made it another full rotation around the Sun ☀️ . . Did you know that the life expectancy of Men has actually DROPPED over the last century? As Western Medicine improves, Women are living longer - as would be expected. Why are Men dying YOUNGER???👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 . . 1. Men taught to win in competition rather than be connected to others. We are tribal at our Core and develop mental health issues. 2. Men taught to avoid showing fear, pain, or insecurity because will be seen as weak. We must show our fear, pain, and insecurities to Others in order to develop authentic connection. Inability to do so leaves us isolated and at risk of mental health issues. 3. Men taught to be emotionally restricted or “stoic”, rather than to learn full range of Emotional Intelligence. This is our internal guide to our personal integrity and Life’s Purpose. Without it, we are lost without a compass 🧭 4. Men taught violence is OK “if necessary to get the job done”. We are desensitized to violence and if struggle with mental health issues, are likely to see abuse of body with drugs/alcohol to escape - or even PERMANENT escape through suicide - as a “part of the job that needs to be done”💀 . . Suicide rates for Men are 4.5 TIMES higher than for Women😵 Men compose 76% of deaths claimed each year by alcohol poisoning😵 There are OVER 2 TIMES the amount of Men than Women who die from opioid overdose😵 . . We need you HERE 👏🏼MAN👏🏼We need YOU with US!!!💯 We hope you allow us a chance to be part of your Journey Brother🙏🏼 . . Tag someone below that needs the reminder👇🏼 and check out our page @BalancedManPlan for more great info🤓 . . #RealMan #RealMen #masculinity #manhood #man #men #menshealth #HealthyMasculinity #gentleman #strongman #cantstopus #fightthesystem #divinemasculine #balancedmanplan #balancedhealth #malementalhealth #depressionhelp #menhavefeelingstoo #mensmentalhealth #mentalhealthblogger #mentalwellbeing #itsokaytonotbeokay #limitingbeliefs #psychology #onlinelifecoach #lifecoach #chronicfatigue #beaman #toxicmasculinity #imaman

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Day 5 of #bopoartcollab for Men’s Mental Health - TENDERNESS💙 So in today’s society and online, the phrase “women supporting other women❤️” (or a variation of that) has become a very common thing to see/hear. Whilst this is a very Important message, and I agree that women should be supporting each other, we need to be putting out a similar message out to men! MEN NEED TO SUPPORT OTHER MEN! Men aren’t often seen as being ‘tender’ beings, but I know they are, linked in with the idea of toxic masculinity, men are so often expected to be these harsh, bold an aggressive beings, where they fight one another for unnecessary reasons. Instead, these men should be using their power (literal and metaphorical) to be supporting one another and helping others around them to feel safe and that they are not alone in this world. If we started encouraging men to support each other a little bit more, just as we are encouraging women to support other women, I believe that so many of us would be happier; that so many more men wouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to voice their true feelings to others. It’s quite an obvious thing to think, but if we can start tell men, young and old, that they should start a conversation with one another, then maybe there wouldn’t be as many men suffering in silence as there are. I hope my reasons for this particular post came across in that, but if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to message me or leave a comment on this post. Thank you again for all your love and support! LOVE YOURSELF ❤️ #mentalhealth #mensmentalhealth #masculinity #toxicmasculinity #authenticmasculinity #truemasculinity #roguemanhood #mentalhealthart #malebodypositivity #malementalhealth #bodypositiveart #mentalhealthart #mybodystory #endbodyshaming #endbodyshame #realbodies #morethanasize #bodypositivity #bodyposi #bodypositive #bopo #bodystory #bodystorypodcast #bodyappreciation #bodyneutrality

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A few days ago got word that yet ANOTHER young man from our Founder’s youth died in his physical prime. Sometimes even @logan.lovin.life gets numb and doesn’t know what to say or feel until after getting some rest and having time to connect and process with Loved Ones❤️ . . There will be more about this in the future but for now, this is the best we can do to capture the current mood. While growing up in a family with addiction and psychiatric issues, Logan would spend long hours in his room playing music alone to get some privacy and space to deal with the difficulties of teenage life. To this day, music is still the easiest way to tap in before the the mouth is ready to speak💔➕🎼🔜❤️ . . #malementalhealth #depressionhelp #menhavefeelingstoo #mensmentalhealth #mentalhealthblogger #mentalwellbeing #balancedmanplan #itsokaytonotbeokay #malesuicide #overdose #despair #onlinelifecoach #lifecoach #mandown #beaman #acousticguitar #acousticcover #citizencope #fightingdemons #selfhealing #grief #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #staywithus #youwillgetthroughthis #itstheclimb #keepgoing #yourfeelingsmatter #breakthestigma #hope

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My inner flame will glow bright no matter if ive got people bitching behind my back or having an amazing surrport from close freinds and family . There are days which it will dim down and wont be able to breathe but the flame will always be there. I know in my heart and soul I was ment to create art to get my voice heard and im not gonna let anyone mute me or dampen my inner flame. #mentalhealth #malementalhealth #digitalart #digtalillustration #digitalillustrator #innerflame #nevergiveup #dreamthatdream #fightingdepression #depressionawareness #fire #blueflame #illustratoroninstagram #illustration #illustrator #ukillustrator #ukartist #artist #speakoutaboutmentalhealth #firebending #manchesterillustrator #manchesterartist #artistoninstagram #storytelling #stockportartist #stockportillustrator #fightinginnerdemons #fighter #staystrong

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New research has been conducted on men with male factor infertility diagnosis. The results suggest that male factor infertility is viewed by men as a failure of masculinity, as stigmatising and silencing, and as an isolating and traumatic experience. Societal norms need to change if we are going to combat the male fertility epidemic that is sweeping across the globe. Male factor infertility is not a representative of the man but is a medical condition that needs seeing too. #stopthestigma #malementalhealth #societalnorms #itsoktotalk #malefertility #maleinfertility #infertilitymentalhealth #menshealthmatters #menshealth #malefertilitysupport #menmatter #menmattertoo #ttcsupport #ttctribe #ttccommunity #infertility #fertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilityjourney #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #infertilitycommunity #infertilityuncovered #infertilitywarriors #infertilitytreatment #unexplainedinfertility #miscarriage #spermhealth #stressandanxiety

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Day 5 of the #bopoartcollab on Men’s Mental Health⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Prompt: Tenderness⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love seeing men with babies, because as I grew up, my perception was that all boys thought girls had cooties, and childrearing was for moms. Even in my 20's, it still blows my mind that men want babies. It catches me off-guard when I have these thoughts still, because it's so ludicrous. Of course men want babies just like women!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have to constantly remind myself that just because male tenderness wasn't something I was familiar with as a child, doesn't mean men can't be tender. After all, I'm surrounded by vulnerable, caring, tender men now, and those influences in my life remind me how wholehearted we are as humans.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [Image: A Little Cutie dad holding a baby, with another child draped sleepily across his head.]⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #littlecuties #tenderness #maletenderness #mencanbetender #normalizetenderness #mentalhealth #mensmentalhealth #masculinity #toxicmasculinity #authenticmasculinity #truemasculinity #roguemanhood #mentalhealthart #malebodypositivity #malementalhealth #bodypositiveart #mybodystory #endbodyshaming #endbodyshame #realbodies #morethanasize #bodypositivity #bodyposi #bodypositive #bopo #bodystory #bodystorypodcast

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Good evening all. It's the build up to Christmas and it was this time last year I was making this exact film with Robert for Woeman. Robert was struggling with suicidal thoughts which continued after his attempted suicide. This was only exacerbated by the loss of his job due to his on going battle with his mental health which then lead to the risk of him becoming homeless due to being unable to pay for his home. As much as we get caught up in the fun and joy of Christmas I'm forever reminded that people like Robert are struggling. Silently they soldier on trying to find joy in family and the feeling christmas brings but behind closed doors people are and will be struggling. If you can do anything over Christmas, no matter how big or small the gesture, just lend a hand to help, or become shoulder to cry on. Be an ear for someone to confide in or that one person who just wants to listen. You won't realise it there and then but you will lift a weight off their shoulders. It might be one less worry to contend with, or as daft as it might sound, you might even be there reason to keep living. Mental health is a funny old thing but having the willingness to listen and to talk you could literally make somebody's Christmas worth living and you wouldn't even know it.. The full film can be seen on our IGTV. . . . . #woeman #masculinity #mentalhealth #diversity #portrait #masculine #feminine #confidence #film #instavid #instafilm #malementalhealth #suicide #recovery #personal #creativity #collaboration #stories #filmstill #Still #igtv

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Day 4 of #bopoartcollab about Men’s Mental Health - TOXIC MASCULINITY💙 Before I get started I would like to share this lovely definition, that I found on an online news article, with you; “Toxic masculinity is a narrow and repressive description of manhood, designating manhood as defined by violence, sex, status and aggression. It’s the cultural ideal of manliness, where strength is everything while emotions are a weakness; where sex and brutality are yardsticks by which men are measured, while supposedly “feminine” traits—which can range from emotional vulnerability to simply not being hypersexual—are the means by which your status as “man” can be taken away.” Men are so often told that they should be, and act, a certain way. That they should be strong all the time, because they are men. That they are not allowed to cry, because they are men. That they shouldn’t tell others what they are feeling, because they are men. This pressure that is put on men needs to disappear and just stop all together! It’s a ridiculous thought that men, or anyone, should have to hide their true emotions just because of some ideal that has been forced upon them because of society. FUCK THEM!!! Personally I would be honoured if a man, well anyone for that matter, had the strength and courage to be so raw and vulnerable with me. If someone cries in your presence, you should be proud of them that were able to be so open and honest with you. We should be supporting these amazing individuals, not stripping them down and telling them to ‘man up!’ It’s absurd! It’s the bloody 21st century and you can’t cope with a man crying? Think how they feel and help them, and if you can’t bring yourself to ‘deal with it’ then do one! I don’t have any time for that kind of mind set or negativity and they certainly don’t! I urge everyone I know to help those people and, if you are one of these people, feeling trapped because of what society ‘expects’ of you, then please contact someone. Whether it is a professional, family, or maybe even a stranger like me. 💙WE NEED TO START SUPPORTING EACHOTHER MORE AND BUILDING PEOPLE UP INSTEAD OF PUSHING THEM DOWN!!!! 💙 LOVE YOURSELF❤️

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Depression is often found to be more difficult to diagnose in men. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ This is because men don’t tend to complain about the typical symptoms, more often than not, it’s the physical symptoms of depression that lead them to visit their doctor.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ According to netdoctor.co.uk, the lifetime rate of depression is 12% in women and 8% in men. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ This marked difference could, however, be due to fewer men seeking help for depression.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ It’s important for men to share their emotions and stressful thoughts with others. Be it friends, family members or a professional. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ It’s ok to talk! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Don’t worry, you’re still a lad’s lad. You’re still a manly man. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ It takes a bigger man to let go of the ‘Man Up’ mentality and open up to your emotions. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #mentalhealth #movember #mensmentalhealth #depression #mensdepression #mentalKhealth⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #mentalkinghealth #manup #saynotomanup #stress #anxiety #malementalhealth

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Nothing better than having dinner with your #mates 🖤🖤

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