Sunday 23 July 2017

We teach boys to repress emotion. Of course they're in crisis

• I agree totally with the article 'Raising girls is hard, but it's boys who really need our help now' in last Saturday's Irish Independent.

There is indeed a crisis among young males, in relation to their emotional wellbeing. At the extreme end of this we have the situation that boys are at four times greater risk of dying of suicide as girls. Why is this?

From a young age, boys are taught not to cry. Such shows of emotion as fear, timidity or sadness are frowned upon. Boys learn, both consciously and unconsciously, to suppress their emotions. For girls, such expressions of emotion are encouraged and girls consequently feel more comfortable with their emotions and with expressing them.

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