Men’s Mental Health Month: Why males are less likely to seek psychological healthcare? | Mental Health News

As per the expert, while women are more accustomed to seeking healthcare, consulting with doctors for various issues such as pregnancy and menstrual health, men, on the other hand, often perceive a visit to the doctor as unnecessary unless they are physically unwell

Men may have difficulty finding therapists who are knowledgeable about men’s mental health issues (Photo credit: Pexels)

New Delhi: November is observed as Men’s Mental Health Month to raise awareness about psychological issues. With mental health issues rising across all age groups and all gender, it is necessary to clear air around it. As per the expert, while women are more accustomed to seeking healthcare, consulting with doctors for various issues such as pregnancy and menstrual health, men, on the other hand, often perceive a visit to the doctor as unnecessary unless they are physically unwell.

Dr Lalitha Palle, Founder at ForMen Health said, “We have observed that now men are now beginning to be more open to discuss their mental and physical health issues. This is the need of the hour as well.”

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The expert further explained several reasons why men are less likely to seek mental healthcare and wellness solutions as compared to women.

Why men are less likely to seek mental healthcare?

Lack of awareness: Dr Palle said, “Many men are not aware of the symptoms of mental health conditions, or they may not believe that they have a problem. This can prevent them from seeking help early on, when treatment is most effective. Self denial and I’m fine’ attitude prevent many men from seeking professional healthcare advice.”

Access to care: Men may have difficulty finding therapists who are knowledgeable about men’s mental health issues, or they may not be able to afford therapy. The expert said lack of awareness and availability of enough platforms and resources to help with mental health issues can also contribute to the fact that men do not seek healthcare advise as commonly as women do.

Stigma: Men are often socialised to believe that they need to be stoic, strong and self-reliant, and that seeking help for mental health issues is a sign of weakness.

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Dr Palle said, “This stigma can make it difficult for men to admit that they are struggling, and can prevent them from reaching out for help. There has been a lot of awareness and discussions around mental health in the recent years, which has helped reduce the stigma around it, but we still have a very long way to go.”

Traditional masculine gender roles: Traditional masculine gender roles emphasise self-control, emotional stoicism, and independence. These roles can make it difficult for men to express their emotions, and can lead them to believe that they should be able to handle their problems on their own.

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