November – Men’s Mental Health Month
November is Men’s Mental Health Month.
I’m really glad people are talking about men. I see a good amount of men in therapy and while the idea of accessing therapy/treatment is becoming more “acceptable” due to excellent health promotion in the community, it’s not something that comes as easily to men as it does to women. Why?
Well there are many reasons: Socialisation of men to be stoic and “strong” no matter what, the perceived expectation that they have to “know what to say” and “talk about feelings”, or the idea that accessing a therapist/psychologist means “I can’t handle it” or “I’m weak”.
So how do you know you need to see a psychologist/ therapist?
1. Self-awareness – if you’re sad/low/ angry for more days than not per week -reach out
2. If you’re not sleeping/ eating/ feeling pleasure in previously enjoyable activities – reach out
3. If you’re preferring to be alone and/or feel distant or lonely in the company of others – reach out
4. If you’re feeling anxious/ stressed in situations and it won’t go away despite everything you try – reach out
If any of this sounds familiar it may mean that your brain is unhappy and you need to do something different. Talking to a psychologist can help you develop a plan and help you get back on track.
Feel free to reach out to us at Integral Psychology on 95224006 or firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of any assistance.