Ntokozo, a mental health activist and researcher, and I take a deep dive into the construction of masculinity and the ways in which it informs men's experiences of mental health. In masculine culture, mental health struggles are often ridiculed, resulting in feelings of isolation and disconnection by men who find themselves confronted by mental health. These feelings may find manifestation in the man in many different ways, most of which may be toxic to himself or to society. Our intention in this episode is to hold space to engage with mental health within masculine/male culture, draw on our own experiences to flesh out the problematic and often suffocating nature of masculinity, and to brainstorm any solutions that can liberate masculinity from its own bounds.
Guest: Ntokozo Mbokazi
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