Breaking the Silence: Promoting Mental Health Awareness Among Teenage Boys

Coral Gables Counseling Center - Tuesday, June 18, 2024
By coralgables_admin

By Izakun Cruz, LMFT

To become a healthy man, we must first learn to be one.

Society and cultures have not left much space for men to have a say in the world of mental health. But, finally, we are seeing a rise in men going to therapy and finding themselves in a world where their feelings are being accepted and encouraged.

Mental health awareness should start at an early age.

BOY SITTING ON WALL CONFIDENT

As parents, we desire to protect, love, and educate our kids for their future. We imagine their future with a loving career, surrounded by friends, and building a loving family. However, we don’t always know how to support them in building that future.

There is something we can do to help them become the best versions of themselves.

Raising mental health awareness among teenage boys is crucial. Adolescence is a challenging time, and boys often face unique pressures that can impact their mental health. Promoting open communication about mental health among teenage boys can be challenging but highly rewarding.

Here are some tips:

  • Let’s break the stigma and stereotypes that boys don’t cry, and that anger means danger. There is nothing healthier than showing emotions and letting the body and mind embrace the feeling. We are not meant to “control” feelings but to manage them by listening to the message they are bringing to us.
  • Create an open and nonjudgmental conversation about feelings and struggles to give boys a space of safety to learn how to externalize emotions healthily and purposefully and to build resiliency and growth wisdom. Boys need to know it’s okay to talk about their emotions without fear of being judged or ridiculed.
  • Let’s talk about it: parents tend to avoid complex subjects that could worry them. Denying the process does not help teenage boys in learning how to navigate their adolescent years. Many changes in their physical, emotional, and psychic areas are happening, and with education and information, they can develop safety tools to overcome the developmental age challenges.
  • The most essential tip is to be the best guide by becoming a role model. Don’t be afraid of being open about your struggles at that age. Be the example for them and show them that even if it is difficult, and they are struggling, you went through it and came out of it more robust, and now you can look back and see the growth.

Don’t try to be perfect for them; you will set unrealistic expectations. Be the honest version of yourself, and your kids will follow.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The dreams and ambitions of teenage boys are powerful; when nurtured with belief and encouragement, they transform into the leaders and visionaries of tomorrow.” Izakun Cruz, LMFT

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