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What does it mean to be a man in the world today?

A new podcast is designed to empower men to seek mental health treatment.

Art on display at the Wellcome Collection, London. Image by Tim Sandle
Art on display at the Wellcome Collection, London. Image by Tim Sandle

A recent Healthline survey reveals that society has made some headway in the battle against men’s health concerns. With this, 44 percent of males confirmed they are very comfortable with having a conversation about mental health with their loved ones or peers. This is compared to only 41 percent of women. Of those, 61 percent feel it should be talked about more often, and half say they feel in control of their own mental health.

However, the findings also show that 69 percent of men feel it is easier for women to talk about mental health issues because it is more acceptable for women to talk about their feelings.

The poll also found that men are 11 percent less likely than women to get annual medical check-ups, and 26 percent have never had a prostate exam. From the physical to the mental, the poll also found that 66 percent of men have never seen a mental health professional.

The survey and its findings coincides with a new audio series – the ‘No More Silence’ Man Enough Podcast, designed to empower men to seek treatment. The podcasts seek to explores the nuances of being a man in today’s society.

Men may have mental health issues related to a number of things, such as: traditional gender roles, workplace stress, money worries, body image, parenting and so on.

In the series, each host discusses a variety of men’s health topics including regular preventative care screenings, mental health, body dysmorphia, domestic violence, peer support, and the power of language. The episodes have been developed with filmmaker, author, actor, and Wayfarer Studios co-founder Justin Baldoni.

The episodes are available at healthline.com, starting November 4 and they will be released as a podcast November 8 on The Man Enough Podcast (available across the usual podcast streaming platforms).

As an example of the content, Justin Baldoni shares his own story about going to the doctor to receive preventative care exams and watching his father’s resistance to doing the same. In the series, each host discusses a variety of men’s health topics including regular preventative care screenings, mental health, body dysmorphia, domestic violence, peer support, and the power of language.

Other episodes will explore different aspects of men’s health and harmful social constructs of masculinity.

Written By

Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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