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Does your gender impact your mental health?

We want to encourage young people, particularly young men, to open up about mental health


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This is an opinion of a young person and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SpunOut.ie. It is one person's experience and may be different for you. If you'd like to write something for SpunOut.ie please contact editor@spunout.ie.


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Gender stereotypes and pressures can have a negative impact on young people’s mental health. For example, phrases like ‘big boys don’t cry’ show us the pressure on young men and boys to behave a certain way. To support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, we want to encourage everyone to speak out when they experience difficulties, learn more about self-care and recognise the signs of mental illness.

As part of our campaign on the impact of gender expectations on mental health, we want to support young people of all genders, but to also focus on young men in Ireland specifically. We hope to spread the message that there is not only one way to ‘be a man’ or express your gender, and that opening up and asking for help is more than okay. We want to promote suicide and self harm prevention, encouraging young men, and every young person, to seek help when needed, highlighting services and self care methods to help support and prevent mental health difficulties.

To share your story, email heather@spunout.ie

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  • How do you think gender expectations have impacted your mental health?
  • What do you do to look after your mental health?
  • Why do you think it’s important for people of all genders to talk about their mental health?
  • Do you think men find it harder to seek help for their mental health? What can be done about this?
  • What mental health services have you used? How was the experience?

We are looking for young people of all genders to share your stories, particularly young men. We believe that young people across Ireland can help support each other by sharing stories, lived experiences, advice and opinions. If you’re between 16 and 25 years old and living in Ireland, we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in writing an article or making a video. You can find out more about the writing process here, or get in touch with heather@spunout.ie.

Do I need writing experience?

You do not need any writing experience. We’ll help you out every step of the way giving you feedback and suggestions for your piece. Your piece will be posted on SpunOut.ie and our social media so that thousands of young people across Ireland will feel more supported and encouraged to seek help.

To share your story, email heather@spunout.ie

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Published Sep­tem­ber 8th2020
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