Men and Mental Health

There are a lot of people out there who struggle with mental health issues, and don’t get help for them, but men are much more likely than women to avoid going to any sort of treatment program. It’s estimated that about 10% of American men have mental health issues (anxiety, depression, etc), but that less than 5% actually get help for whatever it is that they’re struggling with. The number gets even lower when you’re looking at non-white males.

Why Does This Happen?

There are a few reasons as to why very few men actually go and seek mental health assistance. The first is that they are too interested in the “male ideal,” which focuses on strength and considers anything that may be related to emotions as weakness. This is especially emphasized in some homes where men have to “stand up” for others in their people group (specifically, minorities). Men who are the main income of their homes avoid going to therapy because they are concerned that it’s going to take away from their income and their family’s livelihood.

What Can We Do?

Depending on who you ask, there are a variety of things that can be done and explored in order to help men become more comfortable with mental health services. Part of this just has to do with helping men to become more comfortable with themselves and their feelings, which is something that hyper-masculinity has often pushed men mental health issuesaway from. On top of that, it’s also important that we make mental health services more affordable and easier to access. Without that ease of access, it’s going to be much harder for anyone, not just men, to get the mental health assistance that they need in order to thrive.

If you are someone that is struggling with issues related to mental health, it’s definitely important that you seek help for it. Even though some mental health issues can be dealt with in a number of ways, it’s always best to go and get professional help with it. If you don’t know where to get started with your search, we have plenty of resources that you can utilize, or you can speak to your medical professional about what they recommend. Either way, getting help is never shameful, and if you’re struggling with mental health now, it can help you to live the life that you’ve wanted to live.