How One Man Confronted the Stigma That Men Shouldn’t Struggle with Emotions or Mental Health
When entrepreneur and activist Sangu Delle found himself struggling with anxiety, his first instinct was to subscribe to the prejudice that men shouldn’t care for their mental health. “People have real problems,” he thought. “Get over yourself.” In Ghana, where he's from, many people think that mental health issues are caused by drug misuse or the will of God. In reality, genetics, socioeconomic status, war, and grief are often the real causes. Yet most African governments invest less than 1% of their budgets on mental health. As he struggled to confide in anyone about his issues, he eventually realized he was not alone. In this poignant talk, he urges men, and everyone, no matter where they live, to be vulnerable and confident that they are not alone in their struggles. Speak up: mental health is just as important as physical health.