More men now recognise that it’s not a sign of weakness but of strength to ask for help.
A recent survey by the charity Mind into the challenges facing men’s mental health show that there have been some improvements in men feeling able to seek help however this comes in contrast to the number of men experiencing mental health problems.
Men often find it difficult to speak out about their mental health and as they tend to have smaller social circles than women, opportunities to discuss mental health issues can be fewer. Some men experience feelings of anxiety or depression as increased irritability, anger, aggression or risky behaviours including over-working, alcohol or drug use; men are almost three times more likely than women to become dependent on drugs.
The NHS is developing strategies to ensure that access to mental health support is easier for everyone. For men who feel worried or low, studies show they are more likely to seek support if it is available online, if they are guaranteed anonymity and if help is available at convenient times of day.
Choose the right therapy for you
DHC Talking Therapies is an NHS service for Surrey residents that offers easy access to help and comes in many forms such as online, phone, video call or in-person sessions. For example, many men gain huge benefits from joining a group and finding out that they are not alone and can support others as they learn to manage low mood and anxiety. For those who need help managing unhelpful, risky behaviours, there are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques such as behavioural activation which looks at the split between things we do for pleasure, for necessity and as daily routine and how to create a healthy balance between them.
“I started the sessions feeling very confused about how much I was suffering with mental health problems. The specific techniques I’ve been taught have allowed me to begin transforming the way I view my thoughts and feelings. I am very grateful for this.”Review from a male client
Go at your own pace
Many of these therapies are available online where a support programme can be followed at your own pace and in complete privacy. They can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile phone and you can easily pick up where you left off the next time you log in. All online programmes are supported by a therapist who will guide you through the process and work with you.
Refering yourself is quick and easy
The first step is to recognise that asking for help doesn’t make you vulnerable but can make you stronger than ever. It’s easy to refer yourself directly to the service on the DHC Talking Therapies website without going through your GP. You just need to be registered with a Surrey GP and over 17 years. The service is free and confidential. A programme tailored to your specific needs will be created for you by the specialised, accredited therapy team.