Top 3 Reasons Men Don’t Ask For Help With Mental Health
There is a problem in the world, men don’t ask for help with their mental health and this needs
to be brought to the surface because they suffer too and many times in silence. Research has
shown most awareness strategies are not geared towards mental health in men, the study
showed men relate to humor whereas most mental health programs, advocates, or coaches
take an approach from a softer side but many of the awareness campaigns don’t take this data
into consideration. Mental health in men knows no bounds and can target any race, and does
frequently. Below are the top 3 reasons men don’t ask for help with mental health.
1. Most men are unaware of their own emotions – Men don’t really talk about their emotions
a lot, it’s all a mystery leading to underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis. This may be a
mistake of a man that is just “acting out” instead of the man suffering from mental health.
Being unaware of these emotions and how to control them some men turn to alcohol or
drugs to help dull issues in mental health in men, which are seen as normal behaviors.
You must be able to admit you need help to get started in the right direction.
2. Men think it shows a sign of weakness – men worry a lot of times about how it would look
when/if they asked for help. Men like to think they can fix their own problems before
trying to reach out to someone for help, which many problems can be solved this way
but not when it comes to mental health in men. This can also be learned by generations,
if their grandad didn’t think it was important to keep his mental health in check then dad
might follow in his footsteps as not to show weakness which then gets passed down
through generations. You can still be a protector and seek the help you need, you don’t
lose the lack of control when you discuss your emotions or what’s going on in your life.+
3. They feel like a failure – mental health for men tend to express mental health differently
than women, the way men can manifest their symptoms can vary vastly from women;
this can make men feel vulnerable or even out of place. Men with mental health believe
they are supposed to be strong, unshakeable, and tough at all times but the reality is
sometimes it needs to be approached with a softer side which doesn’t make you a failure
or any less masculine. If you don’t know if professional help is right for you then confide
in a friend until you feel comfortable enough discussing your feelings with someone else,
then you’re ready to seek a professional’s opinion.
If you’re a man struggling with your mental health, no matter your race, it is ok to seek attention,
talk about your feelings, and lose that feeling of failure. When you’re healthy, you perform at your
best which is how you deserve to live your life to the fullest. It is normal to have feelings and
need to share them – get them out in the open so they’ll stop haunting you then you can once
again regain the fun, peace, and happiness back into your life.