How to Help Men With their Mental Health?
Today’s episode of The Psychology World Podcast focuses on clinical and abnormal psychology on How to Help Men and their Mental Health?
This episode is sponsored by my book Cognitive Psychology 2nd Edition
Why Focus on Male Mental Health?
In this episode, I wanted to focus on male mental health because it is difficult for men to get help for their mental health difficulties for many reasons. Including, societal stereotypes. For example: men aren’t emotional, men aren’t weak, men are supposed to handle whatever life throws at them, and men don’t ask for help.
This is rubbish in my opinion!
If you’re a male listening to this episode, please DO NOT listen to these stupid stereotypes.
Overall, it is more difficult to males to reach out to mental health services and get support because of several factors.
Therefore, in this podcast episode, I want to talk about how to help males and their mental health.
Let them know you’re there for them:
I know I’ve mentioned this on the podcast before, but I will say it again.
Just say to someone I am here for you if you ever need to talk.
It is as simple as that.
Even if the person doesn’t need you now.
If they need you in the future, then at least they know you are there for them.
Never, ever underestimate the power of knowing people can turn to you.
This has other benefits. Like it can improve or deepen friendships since you are offering them a potential lifeline.
I’m talking from experience!
Keep in Touch:
Another point is never underestimate the power of a text message or phone call because you are giving up your precious time to check on someone.
Also, by texting or calling someone you are giving someone a chance to tell you about their mental health.
This is important because if they feel trapped and alone. Then they receive your text or call them it makes them feel less alone.
Afterwards, they might want to get professional help.
Personally, I know during lockdown I’ve been texting lots of people to check in with them. To make sure they’re okay.
In short, text and keep in touch with people.
Find out another local mental health services:
This is really important because if someone tells you they are having a mental health difficulty then you might need to signpost them to a particular service. Meaning they can get professional help.
For example, if you live in the UK then you might want to signpost people towards Mind.org or the Samaritans for support.
Research mental health services in your local area so you know where to direct your friend or loved one when they need it.
This links back to the stereotypes and all the reasons why males don’t seek support.
For this point, you might want to reassure them it is fine to seek support, and it doesn’t make you weak or messed up.
Contact the GP, do it for them, Offer to Accompany:
If you live in the UK then our doctors, or the ones you see first are called, GPs and urge the person with the mental health difficulties to contact the GP. To get the ball rolling to seeing professional help.
If the male or other person is resistant, offer to do it for them.
They should appreciate it.
And most importantly offer to accompany them to the appointment.
Experiencing a mental health difficulty is a difficult and emotional time.
Therefore, if you offer to accompany them, it shows you’re a great person who wants to support them, and this is will provide extra support for the person at this troublesome time.
Take Care for Yourself:
I know how difficult and emotional it can be to look after someone who is struggling, but you must look after yourself.
You need to still have fun and maintain your mental health.
So, please be careful, have fun and let’s work towards a future where everyone can seek help for their mental health.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s episode.
If you want to learn more, please check out the links below:
Abnormal Psychology 2nd Edition
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