For men to truly heal mentally, they need to understand a few things fundamentally; 1) your situation is not unique to you and 2) it is a sign of strength to acknowledge and confront personal, mental health problems, including (maybe especially) depression.
That is why it’s important for celebrities or otherwise well-knonwn figures to speak up loudly and share their personal stories of battling with mental illness and depression. In this article from the Washington Post, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson acknowledges his own struggle.
Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 2, 2018
And from the Post article:
[W]e’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain. We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.
The fact that someone as seemingly up-beat and positive as The Rock acknowledges he can get depressed can surely inspire other young, impressionable, vulnerable men to come forward and seek help.