The times they are a changing..for the better when it comes to men’s attitudes to mental health. More and more guys are changing attitudes to looking after their ‘head stuff’ and we have some of the biggest male celebrities in the world to thank for their role in bringing the conversation to the fore.
There’s been quite a deluge of guys coming forward, so there’s sure to be some we’ve missed! We’ve included some links so you can check out their stories when you have a moment.
Why is all this talk about men’s mental health important?
The old stereotypes are being smashed, with more guys becoming comfortable with opening up. It’s a major cultural shift. These celebs are creating a ‘new normal’ where honesty and vulnerability are increasingly being seen as part of the ‘male experience’.
When a celebrity shares his or her story about battles with mental health, the stigma and shame that has for so long thwarted efforts to keep men safe unravels a bit.
By putting their hand up, these guys are putting paid to the toxic idea that mental health is somehow a reflection of a weak character or low worth.
Importantly, they’re showing that mental health issues are no barrier to success and conversely, even someone who ‘seems to have it all’ can experience tough times.
Hats off to these guys and the many more who are helping to normalise the idea that at times, almost all of us have had our battles.
Guys raising their voice about men’s mental health
- Robbie Williams (singer)
- Kendrick Lamar (rapper)
- Jay-Z (rapper)
- Stormzy (musician)
- James Blake (singer)
- Dave Navarro (musician)
- Pete Wentz (singer)
- Kid Cudi (rapper)
- Zayn Malik (singer)
- Khalid (singer)
- Michael Phelps (Olympic swimmer)
- Freddie Flintoff (cricketer)
- Sonny Bill Williamson (rugby player)
- Kevin Love (NBA player)
- Moises Henriques (cricketer)
- Dayne Beams (footballer)
- Nick Kyrios (tennis player)
- Lance Franklin (footballer)
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (actor)
- Ryan Reynolds (actor)
- Stephen Fry (actor)
- Brendan Fraser (actor)
- Jon Hamm (actor)
- Jim Carrey (actor)
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor)
- Wayne Brady (actor)
- Zach Braff (actor)
- Trevor Noah (comedian
- Chris Evans (actor)
- James Franco (actor)
- Russell Brand (comedian)
- Brad Pitt (actor)
- Matthew Perry (actor)
TV & radio stars
- Carson Daly (TV star)
- Gus Worland (radio personality)
- JJJ Ben & Liam (radio personality)
- Osher Gunsberg (TV personality)
- Steve ‘Commando’ Willis (TV personality)
If you need to talk to someone, give one of our MensLine Australia counsellors a call on 1300 78 99 78 or register for online chat.