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Boys Don't Cry!

"Boys don't cry" is a phrase ingrained in many cultures, perpetuating the harmful notion that displaying emotions is a sign of weakness. Generations have been conditioned to suppress their feelings, leading to a silent epidemic of depression, anxiety, and tragically, suicide among men.

June is more than just a month for Father's Day; it's a time to shine a spotlight on men's mental health. June is also recognised as a mental health awareness month for men.

While mental health issues should ideally be free from gender biases, societal norms often create unique challenges for men in acknowledging and addressing their emotional well-being.

Consider these sobering statistics:

  • 40% of men have never opened up about their mental health struggles.

  • 1 in 10 men grapple with depression or anxiety, yet less than half seek professional help.

  • According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the suicide rate among men is more than double that of women

These numbers highlight a critical issue exacerbated by societal expectations, financial strains, and the stigma surrounding mental health treatment.

Traditional views of masculinity often discourage emotional vulnerability and seeking psychological support, resulting in underreported and untreated mental health conditions.

Now, let's intersect this discussion with the world of neurodivergent children. According to the Census of India 2011, there were over 26.8 million people living with disabilities in India, encompassing various physical, intellectual, and developmental challenges.

In families with neurodivergent children, both parents shoulder significant responsibilities in caregiving, advocacy, and support. Fathers, in particular, play pivotal roles, offering not only financial assistance and practical aid but also crucial emotional support in navigating the complexities of their child's disability.

As we celebrate Father's Day this June, let's not only honor the dads who tirelessly support their neurodivergent children but also recognize the importance of prioritizing men's mental health.

Next time you see a boy in tears, you know what to do!

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