Men’s mental health issues are a lot more common than you might think.
Men are socialized to ‘be tough’ which has had an impact on the way they respond to emotional distress.
Men often fear being judged for asking for help; but mental health is not something anyone should feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk about.
It is vital that we create more awareness for male mental health, so more men feel more comfortable acknowledging and seeking the help they need.
This could be through counselling or just having someone to listen and be there for them.
Facts on Men’s Mental Health
- One in five men experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.
- One in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime.
- Every day in Australia approximately seven men die by suicide.
- On average, suicide rates for men are three times higher than they are for women.
- Men are less likely than women to seek help and get treatment for mental health issues.
These are very large numbers. We can not stress enough that you are not alone, and to seek help if you are struggling in anyway.
How Mental Health Affects Men
Common risk factors for mental health issues in men include:
- Family responsibilities
- Relationship problems
- Workplace factors
- Financial stress
- Social isolation
- Alcohol and drug use
Men need to seek help during times of stress or uncertainty just as much as women do.
It is important for men to speak up and talk about how they are feeling as early as possible.
You’re Not Alone
It can take courage to admit you need help, but you are not alone.
The earlier you get help with taking care of a mental health issue, the better.
There are many amazing initiatives that have been set up to make it easier for men to get help. Some of the initiatives that have been set up in Australia include:
If you are feeling impacted by your mental health, don’t leave it.
Counselling is confidential.
We have both female and male counsellors available.
Remember that we are here to support you when you need us.