Mental health is something that we don't normally talk about, especially among men. It's almost like it's a non-issue or that it doesn't exist. Yet in reality, based on data by the World Health Organisation, there were almost 800,000 suicides in 2016, of which 75 percent were men.
There is undeniably a social stigma when it comes to men talking about mental health, that is caused by the preconceived notions of how society expects men to behave and be. But the world is changing, and discussions about mental health and masculinity are not as uncommon—we at Esquire Singapore have held panel discussions on the subject, and crafted stories surrounding mental health too.
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For guys, one of the biggest challenges we face is normalising conversations about mental health – or, to put it simply, talking to each other about how we’re feeling. In that spirit, we’re making a commitment to raising awareness of physical and mental health with our new initiative, MR PORTER Health In Mind. To kick things off, we spoke to some firm friends from the fashion world (including Messrs @luke_jefferson_day and @bengcobb, pictured here) about the importance of having a mate to talk to. - Head to the link in bio or stories to discover more. #MRPORTERHealthInMind
In partnership with Movember—a charity that aims to address men's health issues, and known for the annual moustache-growing movement—Mr Porter has just launched Mr Porter Health In Mind. The two-part initiative aims to raise awareness about men's mental and physical well-being and the issues that men face now in those two facets of their lives. Mr Porter Health In Mind will create monthly content that feature profiles of stylish men and their stories of embracing things that help them to lead happy and healthy lives. In addition to that, leaders and experts in the fields of mental and physical health will contribute instructional articles and tips.
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Whatever your situation, life’s a lot easier when you’ve got someone there to support you. In this week’s issue of The Journal, we speak to four sets of BFFs (that’s Best Fashion Friends) to find out what they mean to one another. It’s part of a new initiative called MR PORTER Health In Mind, in which we celebrate the things that keep us happy. Follow along in the coming weeks and months on Instagram and join the conversation using #MRPORTERHealthInMind @movember
The second part of Mr Porter Health In Mind is a fund that will launch in October. The Mr Porter Health In Mind Fund powered by Movember will go towards supporting existing programmes by Movember, as well as other organisations that are tied to mental health the world over. The fund is scheduled to start with a fundraiser in London.
It's time we take great care of ourselves. It's not enough to look great and cultivate a sense of style; we need to make sure that our physical and mental well-being are reflective of how we look too.
Mr Porter Health In Mind is now available for public access via MrPorter.com.