What is a “real man”?

A collage of men in different settings. From top left to bottom right: a muscular man lifting weights in the gym, a large man in a pub, a slender man in front of a computer, an elderly man in a wheelchair, a man wearing makeup in a room full of pink furniture, and a man who has no hands. Text reads A real man for the top-left image, and Also a real man for the subsequent five images.

As men, we’re often expected to go it alone, to be providers, and to look after ourselves and our families. We might think that asking for help or support is a sign of weakness. It’s not. It takes courage to ask for help and support.

That help and support can in many forms: meeting with a friend; talking to a financial expert; or visiting a physiotherapist for ongoing back pain.

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