Social media platforms —with pressure to look picture-perfect and doing all the right things— can be a negative space sometimes. With this, will you think to find specks of positivity?
Your answer, probably, would be a “NO.”
But like everything, social media, too, has its pros and cons. A significant perk in favor of the platform is the increased awareness of mental health. Many celebrities and influencers are coming forward to advocate for mental illness issues, especially for men.
They aim to fight the stigma associated with these conditions so that more people can benefit from them.
Here we talk about the best five male influencers. You can follow them for their unique perspective and expertise on men’s mental health.
Dr. Alex George
Being successful with multiple talents and careers, Dr. Alex is a famous influencer known for his ambitious nature. The young medic works for the NHS and comes with a weekly health Q&A session and his podcast “The Waiting Room.” Here he talks about mental health and is a source of inspiration for millions. He also shares his afterthoughts of the podcasts with his fans.
After featuring in the hit TV series “Love Island” in 2018, he returned to the medicinal world while still being active on social media. Dr. Alex regularly updates his Instagram with posts promoting mental health and fitness.
You can think of him as a healthcare icon for Love Island fans and young individuals worldwide.
Being a mental health advocate and strategist, he has dedicated his life to change the societal stigma against mental illness. As a teenager, Mark Henick was troubled with anxiety and depression, leading to multiple dangerous suicidal attempts.
His TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide”— with 5.9 million views — is among the most-watched videos ever.
The book “So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression, and Resilience” portrays his personal life, broken home, and events that led him to suicide attempts.
Mark believes that everyone has the potential to discover their hopeful and true self, regardless of how dark life may seem right now.
Talking about suicide may bring shivers to many minds, but Mark fights that and openly talks about it to spread awareness.
Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”
If you have been a fan of WWE, you will agree that “The Rock” has a confident, cool, and charismatic personality.
He has been frank with his battles against anxiety, depression, and other demons he had to fight at his young age when his football journey began to decline.
Despite being the biggest action star on the planet, he is a solid mental health advocate. He has also opened up about his mom’s suicide on Instagram, encouraging people to help others. He promotes, “We always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain.”
He tries to put a positive spin on every post, motivating and touching millions of lives.
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YouTube: The Rock
He is a mental health advocate not without controversy, a keynote speaker, and the current host of TSN. During a segment of his show, he talked about his battle with severe depression. This made him passionate to speak about mental health.
He is trying to empower those suffering from mental health conditions using the hashtag #sicknotweak., which has turned out to be a trending topic. It is a powerful message that clears a myriad of misconceptions and myths around mental health.
Being the founder of #sicknotweak, his social site delivers powerful and personal messages to promote mental health awareness. This is his attempt to create a safe place and build up a community where people can open up about their struggles.
Dan is the Director of the Workplace Well-Being for the Mental Health Association. He is a lawyer by profession. Having struggled with depression, he created “lawyerswithdepression.com” to share his personal battle with depression and coping with the stigma associated with mental health disorders. He aims to help people, especially in the legal field, who are dealing with depression.
While the blog is written for the legal community, it has insights and motivation for everyone. He shares stories of hope that are personal and relatable to anyone suffering from depression.
His work on mental health is also published on popular platforms such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
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Motivation and inspiration come from within. But when you are feeling low, even alone, get a kickstart by following these inspirational and influential male social media personalities.
They can help you with information, empathy and inspiration!