Several things can contribute to the stigma against men with mental health issues. One is the stereotype that men should be strong and emotionless. This can make it difficult for men to open up about their feelings and can make them feel like they need to bottle everything up. Another contributing factor is the idea that seeking help for mental health problems is a sign of weakness. This can make men feel like they need to tough it out on their own, even if they’re struggling.
According to Mental Health America, there may be less obvious reasons why men are hesitant to seek treatment.
The methods for educating men about mental health are typically the same as those used for women, which may not be what men need. In addition, men and women may also experience mental health symptoms differently.
Instead of the sadness that is commonly associated with depression, men may become irritated or angry when they feel down. Because they don’t consider anger to be a symptom of depression, they don’t seek assistance for it. It can be challenging to identify what’s wrong with them if they’re not showing “typical” symptoms, and it’s also harder for others to detect it.
Often, when men go to get medical help for depression, it is usually because of the physical symptoms it causes (such as racing heart and headaches) rather than the emotional ones.
We can reduce the stigma around mental illness in men by talking about it more openly. When we talk about mental health issues, we should include men in the conversation. Too often, mental health is seen as a women’s issue, but it affects men just as much. By including men in the conversation, we can help break down the barriers that keep them from seeking help.
Another way to reduce the stigma around mental illness in men is by educating ourselves and others about the signs and symptoms of mental illness. Too often, mental health issues are seen as weakness or a sign of personal failure. But Mental illness is a real medical condition that can be treated. By educating ourselves and others about mental illness, we can help remove the stigma surrounding it.
If you’re experiencing severe mental health symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD, call Serene Health. We offer a range of behavioral health and mental health services,including individual and family therapy. We also have flexible appointments available through our telehealth platform, which allows you to receive services 7 days a week and talk to a therapist online from any place you choose. Call us at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com to book an appointment