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Men’s Mental Health: Strategies for Improved Well-being

May 16, 2024

Men- shouldn’t just have to “suck it up” simply because thats what “men” have traditionally done.

Psychology Cronull

Exploring Men’s Health

Men’s health spans a broad spectrum, covering everything from physical fitness to mental and emotional wellness. It’s not just about hitting the gym; it’s about preventing illnesses, caring for sexual health, and living a fulfilling life through positive attitudes and daily routines.

Why Focus on Men’s Health for a Whole Week?

You might wonder why there’s a whole week set aside for men’s health. During International Men’s Health Week, which runs from June 12-18, there’s a special focus on encouraging men to think about and discuss ways to enhance their health. Often, men can be reluctant to seek medical advice or engage in health discussions. This week helps highlight the importance of breaking that habit, promoting regular health evaluations and preventive measures.

Understanding the Challenge: Why Men Struggle in Silence

Why are we facing this crisis in men’s mental health? At the core, many unhealthy stereotypes and expectations define traditional masculinity—being tough, emotionally reserved, and ever-reliable. Phrases like “man up” or “suck it up” aren’t just sayings; they reinforce a culture where expressing vulnerability or discussing personal hardships is viewed as a weakness.

This cultural backdrop can make men feel judged or ashamed for experiencing difficulties, leading many to suffer in silence without seeking support from friends, family, or professionals.

The Urgency of the Issue

The consequences are severe and real. A staggering 40% of men with mental health issues never seek assistance, and men constitute over 75% of suicide cases. Particularly alarming is the heightened suicide risk among men who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex—being four times more likely to attempt suicide.

How You Can Make a Difference

Change doesn’t happen overnight, but even the smallest actions can create significant shifts. Start simple: reach out to friends to check in, and don’t shy away from discussing serious topics like self-harm or suicide. Contrary to common myths, talking about these issues can be a powerful catalyst for seeking help.

Listening attentively can make someone feel heard and valued, paving the way for them to open up and consider positive changes. If someone shares their struggles, encourage actionable steps such as taking a walk or reaching out to crisis services like Lifeline, Beyond Blue, or Suicide Callback Service.

Consistent follow-ups can reinforce their efforts to improve, and your open communication can inspire others to do the same. It’s through these vulnerable exchanges that we can forge stronger connections and dismantle harmful stereotypes.

Seeking Professional Assistance

At Beachside Psychology, we’re dedicated to changing the narrative around men’s mental health by offering a welcoming, non-judgmental space for men to discuss issues like relationship troubles, workplace stress, anxiety, depression, and more. Our goal is to address the various challenges men face today, providing support and strategies to manage and overcome these difficulties. 

We are so fortunate to have Neil McDonald join our team. Neil is highly experienced in Men’s mental health (Women’s also). Should you, or someone you know require Neil’s expertise simply reach out. Call us on 95440477 or book online here and let’s work together on getting you through your challenges.

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