Breaking the stigma for males seeking therapy
Visit Tania’s Teahouse in Dubai on Monday, January 27 at 7pm for an event entitled ‘Men, Mental Health and Masculinity’. The discussion, organised by Re:Set, an online resource, as part of the Re:Set x Wellness Week, aims to shatter some of the barriers surrounding men’s mental health.
“If you look at popular culture, men have traditionally been portrayed as stoic, strong and in the role of the breadwinner,” explains Re:Set founder Aakanksha Tangri. “Gender stereotypes are commonplace. Think how often boys are told not to cry or show their emotions – it’s ingrained in them from the beginning, which can make the processing of their emotions harder.
“As we have more honest conversations as a society, it’s heartening to see more men speak openly about their mental health challenges and their desire to seek therapy. This offers a safe, non-judgemental space for people to explore how their experiences have shaped them and impacted their mental health.
“Toxic masculinity can be harmful, encouraging men to suppress their emotions and discourage them from seeking help, which in turn can encourage negative behaviour and even self-harm.”
Many of the issues surrounding men’s mental health, and the potential solutions, will be discussed during the evening. To confirm a place, email [email protected].