Men may struggle with mental health issues including depression, suicidal thinking, and addictions, but they are far less likely to seek help than are women. This may be partially because men can often brush off or bottle up difficult emotions rather than process them. Another reason may be some men’s tendency to view discussion about therapy and mental health as a way to take away their masculinity. But in the same way masculinity may take many forms, the language we use to discuss mental health can also shift to engage a diverse range of people.
Working with a therapist who uses a goal-oriented approach and who places therapeutic goals in the context of creating a better quality of life may help some men see the value in doing just that.