The Strength in Getting Help: Men & Mental Health
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and then allows you to learn something new.” – President Barack Obama
From the desk of Bobby Jepson, EAP Clinician:
June is designated as “Men’s Health” month, serving as a reminder for us to take care of ourselves. Contrary to what some men may believe about themselves or others, everyone is prone to experiencing some level of undesirable feelings or struggles. In fact, there are plenty of statistics to support this idea.
According to the American Psychological Association, men and women have been found to be similarly vulnerable to experiencing symptoms of depression in life. This contradicts old research that found women to be more likely to go through depression, as “gender inclusivity” was not factored into previous measures. Additionally, men are four times more likely to successfully complete a suicide attempt (2015).
Many men struggle to admit that they are going through a tough time. MindWise Innovations estimates that more than half of men will likely experience some level of trauma in their lives. With that in mind, up to 49% of all men admit that they have experienced depression to a greater extent than they are willing to admit (n.d.).
Just let these statistics soak in for a minute, then think back on the quote above from President Obama. Not only is it okay to ask for help, but it is a sign of strength - not weakness. Working on yourself and the areas in which you need help will inevitably result in your improvement and growth towards reaching your greatest potential!
Have you acknowledged that you need help? Are you struggling and feeling you are alone in what you are going through? Firstly, know that there is no feeling that you can experience that others have not, and are not, also going through as well. Secondly, there is such a vast array of providers in the mental health field, showing diversity in areas of specialties, race, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Clinicians are not only ready to help you, but they are ready to meet you where you are.
This issue is very near and dear to me, and I would like to invite you to watch this video to hear some of my thoughts and experiences on helping men utilize mental health services.
Regardless of your gender or identity, EAP is here to help you! Call us today at (877) 252-8550 to take the next step towards reaching your full strength and potential.
We are your source for self-care!