Vinita Latham MSc. Psychotherapy & Counselling. BA, MBACP(Reg).

Men’s Mental Health

Struggling with your mental health can significantly impact all areas of your life. Talking about how you are feeling helps you find clarity and understanding and identify the best way forward.

Some men tend to isolate themselves emotionally when struggling with their mental health. Withdrawing from emotional contact can worsen the problem and lead to a downward spiral into more serious mental health challenges. Talking about your concerns helps you become clearer on how you might resolve things you’re struggling with and start to feel better.

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It’s not uncommon for people to feel apprehensive at the thought of talking to someone about how they are feeling, and I realise for some, this can be even more of a challenge. Some men seeking therapy may feel it quite a strange thing to undertake. To reduce stress, I take into account individual concerns, work in a non-judgemental way, and consider everyone’s unique experiences.

Struggling with your mental health is not a weakness. However, many men still think they have to appear to be strong, cope with emotional issues on their own, and can be reluctant to reach out for support. Denying, blocking out or not recognising feelings can lead to a loss of direction and, over time, give rise to depression and feelings of hopelessness.

Many boys are still raised to not show emotion, and if they are not encouraged to tune into their own feelings, they can gradually lose touch with a sense of who they are. If you had your feelings dismissed or ignored as a boy, you gradually learn to overlook your own feelings, which can lead to disconnecting from your emotions. If you haven’t experienced having your feelings validated, you can struggle with low self-esteem and low self-worth and may experience difficulties in relationships based on emotional intimacy.

There are different ways to get support when you become aware that you’re struggling with your mental health. The most important thing is to find someone to talk to, whether that’s a family member, friend, your GP or accessing a self-help group. Talking therapy can be a way to talk about feelings and experiences that negatively impact you. Talking about how you are feeling with someone who is listening without judgement can often be a relief especially if you usually push your feelings down and try to ignore them. It can help you find clarity and understanding and build resilience to cope with life challenges.