Tue, Apr 11|
Masculinity & Youth Mental Health
Join us for a guided discussion about the impacts of toxic masculinity on youth mental health. Have you ever heard someone say to "be a man" or "man up"? Ideas about being tough, stuffing emotions, or having a "manly body" can lead to sadness/loneliness and less help-seeking. (see more below)
Time & Location
Apr 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
About the Event
Society and family traditions may teach boys that there is a "right" and "wrong" way to behave. Boys may be less likely to tell someone they are feeling distress because they are trying to uphold an image of masculine self-reliance. Youth who identify as LGBTQ or youth who do not fit the Hollywood image of a "man" can experience a lot of pressure and anxiety.
This special program will be led by our intern Edward Stockard, who currently attends Augsburg University. Edward will begin with a review of what we know. Then, he will lead an open discussion on ideas such as connection and authenticity that will cultivate positive masulinity and promote mental health for boys and men. Edward brings a young, relevant perspective to this topic. Please consider inviting your older youth/teens to join you. We will hold a raffle for prizes at the end of the program.