All those in the front line of providing Health services such as GPs and psychologists, well know that getting men to seek help is sometimes a battle. Although progress is being made, there is still a way to go.
Men are more likely to hold off seeking the help of a health professional until they reach a crisis point in their life. In Australia, the suicide rates for men in 2013 was three times higher than that for women.
The emotional problems experienced by women are fundamentally the same problems faced by men. However, two thirds of all mental health outpatients are women.
Why is this so? Some of the reasons research has identified are:
Traditional masculinity ideology (fear of not being seen as a man).
Raised not to experience or show emotions/vulnerability.
Stigma around mental health.
Fear that their mates may find out.
The “I can fix it myself” mentality.
Feeling uncomfortable about sharing emotions/problems.
Encouraging men to seek help can be done by:
Acknowledging their courage and strength in seeking help.
Providing a supportive and safe environment.
Normalising their problems as common to a lot of men and women.
Explaining that wellbeing is a combination of looking after one’s physical, mental and spiritual health.
Getting help equips a person with coping skills that improves their life and the lives of others.
At Eltham Counselling all our psychologists are experienced in working with men. In addition, we are fortunate to have two psychologists who specialise in this area:
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.“ (Marcus Aurelius)
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