How 'Be a Strong Man' Fails Men With Mental Illness

In Rwanda, like many other societies, traditional gender roles have often been associated with expectations for men to exhibit strength, stoicism, and emotional restraint. However, studies report that this societal expectation may have negative consequences for men's mental health, reports Patrick Nzabonimpa for The New Times.

Men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues and are much more likely to commit suicide. The main sociocultural barriers to men's help-seeking related to masculinity norms were identified as self-reliance, difficulty in expressing emotions, and self-control, according to the WHO.


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