These are, indeed, sobering statistics coming out of the UK:
“The latest research indicates that one in eight children now has a diagnosable mental health disorder — up from one in 10 in 2004. But these are just the reported cases.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. Today, that disquieting statistic is repeated so often that it risks losing its impact. Yet is this the fate of today’s young men? Since half of all mental health problems manifest themselves by the age of 14, surely the answer is to equip the next generation with the tools to cope with these issues before it’s too late? That’s an admirable goal. The question is how.”
In the article below, they tell the stories of a handful of boys. You should read them, because they are an interesting insight in to answering that question. Personally, as I read them I didn’t get a clear “this is the right way to treat these things” answer but what became clear to me was that each of these boys had to do something; talk about it, get support, but also have some privacy around their issues.
Notably, not one of them suggested that the solution was to “suck it up”, or to “be a man”.
That’s a good start. Now if we can figure out how to provide a safe place to talk and get support, while also eliminating the stigma that makes them still afraid to be public about it, we might really get something done.