A Renewed Focus on Men’s Mental Health

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“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 ESV

Proverbs is a book of the Bible that contains words of wisdom that have stood for centuries. Proverbs 27:17 has always stuck in my mind and was the inspiration for this blog.

If we take a look at the 10,000 feet elevation of the community over the past few decades, it would be safe to say that we’ve been going downhill. Masculinity has been painted as toxic, chivalry is often seen as disrespectful, and the concept of “human simplification” further degrades the role of men in our culture. Can men do anything right? As Proverbs 17:27 suggests, today we need men who hone each other’s strengths and weaken each other’s weaknesses rather than thwart each other.

Unfortunately, competition, social pressure, and the alpha dog mentality lead us to quarrel with each other. This can cause us to focus on others’ successes and our own shortcomings. When this happens, our mental health takes a back seat. I am fully aware that encouraging men to focus on their mental health, strengthening one another, and thus benefiting society, is a great request, but a necessary one.

This blog is meant to be a place where men and dads can go to get a boost, recharge their batteries, or get some advice to help with various mental health issues or parenting challenges. To this end, I intend to include topics such as: the mental health issues of modern man; the importance of man in the family and society; “Postpartum mental illness of fathers” and other social issues men face throughout their lives. There are very few resources available to men and fathers, and I hope that together we can make a difference.

Until we meet again, I ask you to keep two things in mind:

  1. All men go through it. What is that?” Well, “it” is different for everyone. Divorce, relationship stress, struggle with kids, loneliness, depression, anxiety, suicide, too much work, no job at all – “this” can be anything. All of us He has a kind of weight that’s pushing us down. Remember to think about this when you are in the community and know that you are not alone.
  2. Not all men are created equal. I don’t mean this in terms of equal rights. I mean we all have strengths and weaknesses but there is not always a balance between the two that makes us feel competent or worthy. First Corinthians said, “All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, each part suffers. If one part is honored, then each part shares in its joy.” (verses 25-26) These verses refer to the relationships between those who They follow Christ, but the oneness of manhood is closely related here too: some of us are strong, others weak; Some have intelligence, others struggle with the complexities of life. Remember to help everyone you meet to truly feel their worth.

Guys, we are iron. Let’s sharpen each other.

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