Why do some men avoid seeking help with their mental health?

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month with International Men’s Day falling on November 19th.

The month is dedicated to bringing awareness to a wide range of men’s health issues, which is particularly important to highlight as men can be more reluctant to seek help or treatment for their mental health struggles.

Research has shown that men are almost half as likely to report seeking professional help for their mental health issues.

So, why do men avoid seeking help for mental health concerns?

Seeking help may mean admitting there is a problem and expressing their emotions. This may not fit in with their idealistic concept of masculinity. Some men feel they should be tough and not express emotions and some men feel they should be able to ‘get over it.’

There are many barriers to men getting the right support for their mental health, and although it can be argued that the stigma around men’s mental health is changing, one-way men can find treatment is via the internet.

Men may prefer speaking to someone anonymously via the internet than face to face, especially if the treatment involves learning new skills to enable them to deal with their own mental health.

Pressures from society

With pressures of society, cultural norms and beliefs, men may be more reluctant to seek treatment for their mental health than women. Therefore, adapting the ways men can access support for their mental health to fit their ideology is key to getting them the support they may need and ultimately could save lives.

If you feel you may be suffering from anxiety and/or depression, it is important to talk to your GP and get help and support to make you feel better. There is always someone to talk to via The Samaritans or via NHS111.

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