“There is a stigma in Chaminade that prevents us from talking about stigmas. It sounds ridiculous, but that’s the reality of the hypermasculinity in my all boys school. One of the best things about Cham is that it is a brotherhood, a tightly knit community, and a family. But like all families, it has its faults. Since we’re such a tightly knit community of guys, we create a very macho and manly environment, and this causes us to not take value in our mental health.
We are desensitized to emotion, and taught to be numb. That being said, hope isn’t lost for our little community. It isn’t that mental health is outlawed in the school for us. Most of the students will feel happy talking about it if talked to individually, and everyone is happy to lend a helping hand. The problem seems to be that each person has the capacity to talk about mental health, but the community itself doesn’t. To remedy this, we need to implement mental health into our daily conversation and maybe in the future, introduce it back into our dialogue as a school community. “ - Vincent Nguyen, Grade 11