Why Won’t Men Ask For Help?
I was the featured guest at a Google Hangout sponsored by the Good Men Project recently, the topic being, “Are Men Falling Behind In Mental Health?”
We opened up the discussion beyond mental health to the larger issue of men seeking help and what is in the way. As a Clinical Psychologist and Couples Counselor, my practice is filled mainly with men who actually do want to improve their lives. The panel consisted of five other men, including my colleague, Jed Diamond, PhD, who has been engaged in men’s work for decades and is becoming more involved in the pioneering work of Male Gender Medicine.
Watch the video, it’s thirty minutes that will definitely give you much to contemplate.
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Thank you so much,
Dr. Adam Sheck
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I too echo the context that in that when growing up, the “men” did not talk about feelings and thereby, haven’t developed the skills needed to put feelings into context or use words that are able to define what those feelings are.
Most recently, we lost our mother to pancreatic cancer and I am especially aware that my dad is doing ok but is still feeling lost. There are moments when clarity comes and his words pour out and others where there are no words…
As with any skill that is acquired, practice makes all the difference between novice and expertise. Without an open, safe platform in which to venture into and explore, men are less likely to do so. Except when forced to… kind of like you take a kid out into the lake, toss them out of the boat and its either sink or swim…. pretty scary analogy…