Scrolling through social media, it's hard to avoid pictures of seemingly perfect lives; where success is measured in travel, clothes and, more often than not, in the perfect body. Thanks to the work of campaigners, we know a lot about how stereotypical depictions of beauty can affect women's mental health. But far less well-known is the impact this kind of content has on men. A recent survey found that almost 40% of men aged 18-40 feel pressure to have a 'perfect body,' and half say social media, celebrity culture and mass media are the main sources of these ideals. Perhaps most worryingly, the survey, from Instagram and suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), found that 21% of the 2,000 respondents don't feel comfortable talking to anyone about these issues. Unnattainable masculinity CALM CEO Simon Gunnings told Metro.co.uk that unattainable ideas of masculinity were at the heart of a lot of men's mental health problems. Previous research by the organisation found that men believe their relationships and career are key to happiness: results that reflect a deeply ingrained notion that ties success to the ability to provide for others. 'It's something that's kind of coupled with this strange notion of silence being strength,' he says. 'When men are feeling like they need some support, or that stuff just sometimes doesn't feel right in between our ears, we're told to 'man up', to 'grow a pair' and to not ask for… Read full this story
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