Chilling ad brings to fore the mental plight of young males

Chilling ad brings to fore the mental plight of young males

“It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.” The context in which renowned German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche had made this statement remains a mystery. However, it got famous, which wasn’t surprising. What’s surprising is how some people literally take the quote to heart, and start believing that suicide is the best recourse for an unfulfilled existence.

A recent research, conducted by the Men’s Health magazine, claims that three out of four suicides in the United Kingdom are committed by men and most of these are usually under the age of 35.

To drive home the point, a video was released by a children’s helpline which showed a boy struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression. The premise followed the boy doing all things “normal” that someone his age is expected to do: chugging milk from cartons, shaving his face, playing on the Xbox, and so on. Almost immediately after, the seemingly normal course takes a turn, and the boy becomes aggravated.

He starts shouting at the mirror, at himself, and screaming at his inner self to “shut up.” The boy cancels a plan with a friend, typing he can’t come because he is feeling like “crap,” but then erases the text because he doesn’t want to reveal his feelings for fear of being mocked. He repeatedly slaps himself looking at the mirror, the thoughts become darker, and just when he can’t take it anymore, he Googles “suicidal thoughts.”

Talk about the problem

It has often been observed that most men run away from the problem instead of addressing it, especially when it is related to a mental health disorder, such as suicidal tendencies. They let the fear of the society and their peers judging them creep in and keep the condition hidden. This in turn leads to their worsening mental state, as they let the knowledge of their disorder fester within themselves.

Generally, men suffering from mental illnesses vent out their feelings through substance and alcohol abuse, which worsens their mental condition, and in some extreme cases, results in one contemplating and committing suicide. Suicidal tendencies can stem from a variety of factors, some of which include a disturbed environment at home, lack of appreciation at work, a tumultuous relationship, not being able to achieve what one sets out to do, and so on.

The problem of suicide or suicidal tendencies is not limited to a particular country. It was the 15th leading cause of death worldwide in 2012, according to the United Nations. It was found that 12.5 percent of the men in the U.K. are suffering from at least one mental health disorder. Similarly, in the U.S., in 2015, seven out of 10 white males accounted for suicide. According to a study featured by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the global suicide rates in the age group of 15 to 19 are higher in men at 10.5 per 100,000 people compared to women at 4.1 per 100,000 people.

One important point to make a note of it, it is not “unmanly” to open up and speak about a problem. Hiding from it, tucking it away in a dark corner and running from it are not solutions. In fact, this often results in aggravating the problem and making it much worse. Mental health disorders are serious conditions, and if not addressed, can prove to be fatal.

Help is available

Men who struggle from depressive thoughts should know that if they want to seek help, there is plenty of it out there to help rid them of this condition and the trauma that it brings along. If you or your loved one is suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts, Sovereign Health can be of assistance.

Call us on our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 to get information on our mental health facilities in California. You can also chat online with our experts about our state-of-the-art mental health treatment centers in Los Angeles.

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