Mental health is still often a taboo subject, especially among men. Many boys and men are taught that they should keep their emotions hidden, avoiding crying or talking and instead “sucking it up” and dealing with their problems on their own. Of course, this often manifests in unhealthy ways that can harm both the boys and men themselves plus the people around them.
In a recent podcast, BJJ black belt and former Navy SEAL officer Jocko Willink discusses how he believes learning to fight can help young men manage their mental health. Take a listen and see if you agree with what he says about how learning self-defense can stabilize the psyche of men and boys who train: