Mental Health and Toxic Masculinity

Previously on Name 3 Songs, we learned about the importance of mental health within the music community and how toxic masculinity plays contributes to the stigma surrounding mental health. So how exactly do mental health and toxic masculinity tie into each other? Tune in to find out.

Today, we’re talking with three special guests – Ernesto, Michaela and Katie – to hear their perspectives as fans about the importance of mental health in music. According to them, musicians who are open about their mental health include Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Dan Lambton (Real Friends, Rationale), Buddy Neilsen (Senses Fail), Declan McKenna and Chase Bryant.S

We also explore questions like: Do musicians have to be mental health advocates? When should a musician speak out about their mental health? How do the next generation of musicians create a safer space for fans to get mental health help?

Big thanks to our guests! If you want to talk more, you can find them at the following: Ernesto (@lost.withyou), Katie Kane from (@katie_kane + @therealkatiekane), and Michaela @coldcoffeecry + @michaelasteele97.

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Sources for Mental Health and Toxic Masculinity in Music

Why It’s Hard For Men To Seek Therapy And How To Start (MyWellBeing by Caitlin Harper, 2020)

Here’s Why it’s Still Really Hard to Get Men to Go to Therapy (Vice by Philip Eli, 2017)

Suicide Statistics 2019 by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Why more men than women die by suicide (BBC by Helene Schumacher, 2019)

Mental Health Help Resources

To Write Love on Her Arm

The Trevor Project – specializing in LGBT+

Man Therapy – specializing in men

Evry Man – specializing in men

National Alliance on Mental Illness

eTherapyPro – online therapy

7 Cups – free online counseling by trained volunteers

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