Taimour Fazlani: “The expectation that we not be vulnerable leaves us feeling alone, suffering in silence, trapped by the masculinity imposed upon us”

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“Our community seems to believe that because we’re brown and male, mental illness just doesn’t happen to us. We’re identified as the heads of our families or leaders and entrepreneurs in our communities. Even our local doctors fail to provide referrals and support for South Asian men. The expectation that we not be vulnerable leaves us feeling alone, suffering in silence, trapped by the masculinity imposed upon us within our communities and families…

I have learned that recovery from mental illness was possible with time and self-care. I had essentially created illusions of what it meant to be “successful” in a post-graduate environment — and what I needed to realize was that in order to live my life without self-imposed pressures, burdens, and sorrow, I would have to quit my “dream job”…

So don’t shun your suffering brothers, sons, nephews and cousins. Don’t deem them weak or damaged, for they need your support. It isn’t “God’s will.” It’s a situation which can be made better if you choose to listen and support. We have to break down generations of cultural conditioning related to our perceptions towards men in our communities.”

~Taimour Fazlani

Connect with Taimour here: https://twitter.com/talkativebeard

via http://theaerogram.com/we-need-to-talk-about-mental-health…/

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