Though statistically women seek therapy more often than men, the number of men using counselling services has increased in recent years. Men in general are three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and suicide remains the biggest killer of men between 20 and 50. There could be several reasons for this, but one thought is that men are less likely than women to express their feelings of low mood, and do not often convey this to their GP’s. This suggests that men are suffering with mental distress, but may not be receiving (or indeed asking for) the help they need. The key is recognising the need for support and seeking help before problems become too overwhelming. For men who see themselves as natural problem solvers, it can be difficult to ask for help, but talking to a professional is a way to take back control. All too often when facing problems we can easily lose sight of our strengths and capabilities, but counselling can help to facilitate a process of change.
Relationship breakdown and bereavement are just some of the well known triggers of mental health problems, often manifesting in alcohol and drug misuse, over-working and increased anger and aggression. I encourage men to seek counselling and psychotherapy as it can be surprisingly beneficial once we start to talk about, and make sense of, the issues that are contributing to your difficulties.
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