‘I have to prove myself’
‘In a society where prejudice and stereotypes are consistently being used against us, it’s actually so hard to keep trying to prove yourself. Sometimes you just have them moments where you think you’re not good enough and it doesn’t matter what you do. It’s draining man.’
‘I can’t show that weakness’
‘When you come from where I come from, you can’t afford to show weakness to people- you got to be strong always. You can’t just be talking about how hurt or scared you are, you got to firm it no matter what’
‘I don’t trust people man’
‘I can’t lie, if my bro wanted to talk to me I’d support him, but I don’t trust people like that. It takes a lot for me to open up to someone and I’d feel like a d*ckhead to admit that something was bothering me like that’
Don’t worry. That means you’re not alone. But it also means that loads of our young men are feeling like they can’t talk about how they’re feeling- whether it’s good or bad. Go to our Media pages for advice, stories and discussion OR go to the Talk page for our socials and resources.