There has always been this odd belief for many decades, that men should not talk about their feelings or their issues, as it makes them look and sound weak, with people insisting that it was only something that women should do. But times have changed and we should have come a long way past all of that nonsense, although it seems that there are still many men in the world who find it hard to open up.
Following the recent suicide of the Soundgarden superstar Chris Cornell, many people have been coming out to try to get more men to open up about their feelings and their issues, including British funnyman Russell Brand. Many people forget that Russell is actually a very intelligent man and often talks a lot of sense, and he has been talking about suicide and mental illness, trying to get more men to speak up.
Brand was chatting on his Trews YouTube broadcast, when he said, "I know Chris struggled with alcohol addiction but I believe he was clean at his death. I am always concerned when there is a suicide from someone who lived a fulfilling life. What does it say? Suicide or addiction or mental illness does implied you are making a decision inside your head. You feel like your life shouldn't be like this and you shouldn't feel this way. Then you cannot cope with being alive anymore. It is unimaginable."
He added, "What surprised me was roughly half of young men do it within an hour of thinking it. That strikes me as extraordinary. People are just generally having an experience of life that you didn't think would happen. Things that life has delivered to you makes you feel alienated and lost. Life doesn't match up to what you feel on the inside. There is a lack of communication. I am part of a community of people. I have been indoctrinated to pick up the phone and not to stay in my own in my own head."
If you are a person who is in such a situation then do not feel that you have to go it alone, there is always someone out there willing to listen.