Category Archives: Chin Up Chest High!

In The Mind of Men

Often feeling alone and afraid while going through the most intense stress, anxiety and depression, people who are mentally ill suffer one of the last acceptable prejudices and few will ever truly be cured.

Though I have not had a true low point for about a year or more, I don’t think for one moment that I will never return to those dark places. I use Mindfulness and CBT as preventive measures and it is working. I am happier than I have been in a long time – but I remain ever on guard.

This blog has had a much stronger focus the last twelve months as I find my writing niche and the issues that are most important to me. These days, I specifically discuss mental health issues relevant to men. Why? Becaue while women are more likely to be diagnosed with and treated for mental illness, over 75% of suicides in the western world are men. Something isn’t right here and we need to start treating mental illness as a gender issue and highlighting the extra stigma and expectations that men face.

Read more of Frank’s story. Visit Blog For Mental Health 2015 – My Pledge | In The Mind of Men.

Chin Up, Chest High!

My long-term readers will know the struggles I have gone through in the last few years – mild depression when I was younger, chronic low-self esteem and self-worth most of my life, feelings of inadequacy when it comes to relationships, at times body dysmorphic disorder (which I acknowledge is unusual but not unheard of for a male) and often feeling there is something unquantifiable yet critically wrong with me, how I am and how I look and generally feeling that I am not good enough. . .

My personal pledge is to carry on being open and honest about what I have been through, what I am going through and what I am doing about it. I will be frank about the good days and the bad days. I will continue to use the tried and tested self-help methods and the lessons from therapy that I have learnt.

Read the post in its entirety!  Visit Chin Up, Chest High! | Blog For Mental Health 2014 – My Pledge.