Men's Issues

Broadly put, men's issues include male development over the life-span, sexuality, violence, fathering, and men's physical, and mental health needs. Men experience unique responses to common concerns and often are hesitant to seek help for these until they become unbearable. I utilize a model of counseling that recognizes and emphasizes the constructive traits and beneficial aspects aimed at helping boys and men embrace healthy aspects of masculinity. 

On average, men: 

  • demonstrate lower levels of help-seeking. 

  • have higher mortality rates.

  • indicate higher levels of substance use.

  • experience higher stress and anger levels. 

  • represent over 60% of the homeless population. 

  • account for over 93% of the prison population. 

  • die by suicide 4 times as often as women. 

What men need to know about counseling and mental health: 

  • it's normal - mental health concerns don't discriminate based on age, race, veteran status and combat experience, or vocation.

  • symptoms might look differently than they do in others - men often experience symptoms somatically, meaning we might notice a physiological change before we notice an emotional one (e.g. grinding teeth during sleep, muscle tension, headaches, chest tightness, restlessness, etc.)

  • you don't have to take medication - although medication can be helpful for certain presenting concerns, I see plenty of clients who prefer not to utilize medication for a variety of reasons. 

  • it can be brief in duration - although I see men for a longer duration, many have presenting concerns that can be addressed through brief counseling (e.g. 4+ appointments). 

  • self-car isn't just about yourself - addressing your concerns is not only necessary and healthy for yourself, but is beneficial to those around you, as well. Although I hate to disagree with him, Neil Young got it wrong when he said "It's better to burn out, than to fade away." 

References

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (n.d.). Suicide Statistics. From https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/

Carson, E. A., & Anderson, E. (2016). Prisoners in 2015. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, February 19). WISQARS Fatal Injury Reports. Retrieved from https://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate.html.

Mansfield, A. K., Addis, M. E., & Mahalik, J. R. (2003). “Why won't he go to the doctor?”: The psychology of men's help seeking. International Journal of Mens Health, 2, 93-110.

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