#ItsOKToTalk Is A Reminder That Men Have Feelings (And Are Allowed To Talk About Them)

August 30, 2016

When a man starts to open up about his feelings, he's typically told to "man up" or to "stop being a *insert derogatory slur.*" Well, listen up, guys: Andy's Man Club has a much different message for you.

Irish international rugby player Luke Ambler lost his brother-in-law to suicide in April and created Andy's Man Club — a talking group for men to discuss their emotions — in his honor. Ambler thinks male mental health is a much bigger problem than many people realize, and he's right. Suicide is the leading killer of men under 50 in the U.K., according to research by the Office for National Statistics. And in the U.S., men die by suicide more than women.

Men with depression are also more likely to turn to self-destructive behavior (drug abuse, alcohol and suicide) than women are. Ambler thinks masculinity is preventing men from talking about what they're feeling or from expressing their feelings in healthy ways, and ultimately from having good mental health. So he's telling them #ItsOKToTalk with some encouraging words and a very simple gesture:




Lots of people have jumped on board, including a few celebs.










12 Aussie boys commit suicide each day... WTF!!!!! #itsoktotalk - please talk fella's.

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If you're having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).