There are many different kinds of stigmas that keep men silent about their mental health. Some of these stigmas include:
Social Stigma: This is when there are negative stereotypes or attitudes toward a person or group of people with a mental illness. A social stigma could take the form of “people with anxiety are too scared” or “you’re weak if you’re depressed,” to name a couple. These stigmas come from mental illness misconceptions that claim mental illness defines someone’s character, which is completely false.
Self-Stigma: This is also known as a perceived stigma or the way someone imposes stigmas on themself. Someone experiencing a self-stigma will internalize anything they perceive as negative about their mental illness, and they can begin to shame and judge themself for their own symptoms.
Professional Stigma: This stigma stems from healthcare workers stigmatizing their own patients. Usually, they have negative attitudes that come from misunderstandings or fear about mental illnesses. Healthcare workers can also experience stigmas toward themselves just because they work with mental health patients.
Cultural Stigma: This stigma is all about how someone’s culture views mental illnesses. Culture can play a big part in shaping someone into who they are, and this can change how they perceive mental illnesses. Culture can also affect how people cope and whether or not they will seek help for mental illnesses.