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Prisoner to Stigmas

Prisoner to Stigmas

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Prisoner to Stigmas

Erin Lang

One of the values that my story represents is social justice - specifically how society views the unspoken topic of men’s mental health – as there is still an incredible amount of stigma surrounding it, which is often displayed by men themselves. According to studies, suicide rates in men are far higher than suicide rates in women. Another value it represents is responsibility, as the protagonist sees himself as having a lot of responsibilities and pressures as a man. Similarly, another value it represents is a sense of belonging, especially since the protagonist really finds his calling in the army - which ultimately leads to his downfall.

Within this essay, the protagonist develops Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a disorder that is not exclusive to soldiers although this is a common misconception. The protagonist also suffers from low self-esteem that stems from the social expectations placed upon him simply because he is a man. He cries, as being emotional is very normal and something most everyone will experience. With this essay I intend to show that everyone has hardships and that there is no shame in being a man requiring help for his mental health.

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Gas Masks Required

Gas Masks Required

The Figures of Disease

The Figures of Disease