Men and their mental health – why will they not seek help?
I have started seeing more male clients, which is encouraging because men are less likely to seek help than women for psychological problems. Interestingly though, it tends to be their partners who make the initial contact. There is still a general reluctance from men to be proactive when it comes to their mental health.
Why is this?
Well even in 2020, boys are unconsciously treated differently to girls and this can have a knock-on effect. So upbringing and social norms are part of why men refrain from certain emotions and find it hard to express and address their feelings. The world of psychotherapy is not a place that the majority of men feel comfortable in. According to Professor Levant, of the American Psychological Association, “basically psychotherapy was originally created by men to treat women” and, sadly, this still seems relevant more than a century later.
A man’s mental health and his conception of manhood are closely interlinked. They tend to delay until a crisis point before reaching out for help.
Statistics are alarming, with men being 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than women.
Common issues are PTSD, anger, anxiety, sleep issues, bereavement, lack of motivation, and relationship problems. Men tend to suffer in silence. They don’t communicate their feelings with friends as freely as women and can view enrolling in therapy as a sign of weakness.
In my practice, I find younger men are more comfortable talking about their emotions, but it is the 40-50+ age group that is more reticent about the thought of connecting with their feelings and are more likely to use alcohol, drugs, or just plain denial as coping mechanisms. As men get older life can become more challenging with responsibilities. Those younger care-free days when they were able to keep all those plates spinning become a distant memory.
How can hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can help men and their mental health by releasing limiting beliefs and helping them to step away from feeling emotionally overloaded. It is powerfully transformative. So, a call to action to all men (and their partners) out there. Please don’t brush it off or procrastinate if you are struggling. We want you to get in touch, so now is the time to reach out and talk to a professional who can support you.