1 in 8 men will experience depression at some stage in their lives. While it's entirely natural to feel down or despondent when faced with life's challenges, prolonged feelings of sadness that disrupt daily life could indicate depression. Often referred to as "the black dog", depression can touch people regardless of age.
A Startling Statistic: Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australian men between the ages of 15-44. This fact underscores the importance of reaching out, seeking help, and supporting those around us.
If you or someone you know is showing the following signs, it might be a cause for concern:
Historically, societal norms have pressured men to "toughen up" and adopt the belief that "boys don't cry". This often results in many men grappling with their feelings in silence. They may turn to substances, gambling, excessive TV watching, or immerse themselves in sports as a coping mechanism. Outwardly, men with depression might seem restless, agitated, and can often project blame, leading to conflicts with those close to them.
It's crucial to understand that depression can be treated. Professional support and treatment options are readily available. Depression doesn't define you, and with the right assistance, you can find your way back to yourself.
If you're worried about someone in your life or need support for your own well-being, please contact us. There's strength in seeking help, and together we can navigate the path to recovery.