Title: Male Mental Health
General Purpose: To Inform.
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about male mental health, and why it requires more focus.
Central Idea: The speech will look at the dynamics of male mental health and how or why it is neglected.
I. Attention Getter (Hook): I am sure that all of us have heard the phrase “man up.”
II. Reveal Topic/Audience Connection: Well it might look like an uplifting phrase, but so just we know the psychological of women and men is the same. But not one ever says “woman up,” our society dictates that being a man, means you should not talk about issues that affect you mentally.
III. Credibility: I have been around where the phrase “man up” has been used and basically, I feel it is wrong.
IV. Central Idea: Men should be given the opportunity to discuss what is affecting them, specifically mental issues. Whereby it would reduce the high men mortality rate related to suicide.
V. Transition Statement: Therefore what should you say or do when a man opens up and talks about what he is going through? Let’s see…
I. Main Point: Men rarely open up about their struggles.
A. Lend them you ears and offer, and outlet where they can talk about what is bothering them. Do not tell them to man up. Mental Health Stigma, makes seeking support or help hard for men.
1. Support material: According to the American Foundations of Suicide Prevention, men who die by suicide were 3.56% higher than women that was in 2018.
2. Support material: According to Mental Health America, 6 million men suffer from depression in the United States every year.
B. Men lead in the suicide rates and substance abuse, which is not a good thing.
1. Support material: According to the American Foundations of Suicide Prevention, the rate of suicide is the highest in middle-aged white men.
2. Support material: According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the annual number of men dying to alcohol-related causes are at 62,000 and women only at 26,000.
(When men, don’t find an outlet, they find alternatives, but what denies men the outlets?)
II. Main Point: The Stigma
A. Most men don’t want to admit they suffer from depression, as it might be seen as a sign of weakness.
1. Support material: According to Campbell 2019, “A lot of guys don’t want to admit they have this problem. They still see depression as a sign of weakness.”
2. Support material: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation representative, Zach Levin points out that: “While we have done a much better job of reducing stigma and expanding opportunities for support, men still may be experiencing shame and guilt that could lead to them being less willing to ask for help.”
(Therefore at this point it clear that stigma is the obstacle that makes men shy off professional health, and mostly toxic masculinity.)
III. Main Point: Reducing Stigma
A. Men Think “they should be tough enough” to fix all their issues.
1. Support material: Campbell 2019 point out; “They may believe they can fix this problem quickly and move on to the next — and they may be in denial that there is a problem at all.”
2. Support material: According to Campbell 2019, everyone is prone to experience stress, the situation can be better if men talk to other men or women about how the y area affected. Thereafter they can foster support and empathy. This will help to opening up and getting help.
I. Signal end is near: In conclusion, male mental health is neglected and focus needs to be directed there.
II. Summary Statement: We have understood the problem is Toxic Masculinity.
III. Restate Main Points: Men do not open up easily, due to stigma, and therefore we need to reduce the stigma.
IIII. Close with impact: Understand and practice these three points, and maybe you n save your life or another person’s life.
Alcohol Facts and Statistics by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2020. Retrieved from
Hazelden Betty Ford, 2020. Retrieved from
Infographic: Mental Health For Men by Mental Health America, 2020. Retrieved from
Suicide Statistics by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2020. Retrieved from
Why Many Men Have a Harder Time Seeking Treatment for Mental Illness by Leah Campbell, June 30, 2019. Retrieved from