OUR MISSION IS TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE SURROUNDING MASCULINITY BY ENABLING MEN TO ENGAGE IN OPEN AND HONEST CONVERSATION SURROUNDING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND THEIR EMOTIONS.
VULNERABILITY IS STRENGTH.
I started Let's Get Men Talking to after conversations with men - some I know well, some not so well - about the changing role of men in society. Hearing about barriers to honest and open conversation made me realise that true equality could not exist until people are free to be themselves, rather than having to live up to expectation.
After more time researching and discussing the subject of mens mental health, I realised that suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 25-29.
Research shows that people are expected to behave a certain way because of their gender, even when these behaviours do not compliment their personality and do not benefit the person in many situations. Being 'strong and silent' when you desperately need help can be dangerous. Putting up with day-to-day anxieties because we have been conditioned to think that we should be embarrassed by mental vulnerabilities can hinder your personal growth and happiness.
In a world where we are conditioned to think that we shouldn't talk about our mental health, an honest conversation is an act of rebellion, progression and strength.
A change in mindset could save lives.
A simple conversation could save lives.
So, let's get men talking.
- Araminta Sheridan