Men are known for blocking or suppressing their feelings instead of talking about them. Unfortunately, there is a certain stigma around men and their emotions. They prefer to be the ‘strong silent type’ rather than risk being perceived as weak or too sensitive. But when you’re feeling down, taking the first step to tell someone and reach out for help is so important. It is often a huge weight off your shoulders when you take the first step towards asking for help. If you choose to keep it to yourself, you increase your risk of depression and anxiety going unrecognised and untreated. Depression is a high-risk factor for suicide and contributes to the big difference in suicide rates for men and women.
Sadly, one in eight men will experience depression at some point in their lives, and one in five men will experience anxiety. An average of seven out of around nine suicides every day in Australia are men. The number of men who commit suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the number of deaths on our roads. If you choose to keep it to yourself, you increase your risk of depression and anxiety going unrecognised and untreated. Depression is a high-risk factor for suicide and contributes to the big difference in suicide rates for men and women.
Everyone’s mental health changes and varies throughout their life and can move between positive and healthy, to severe feelings of depression. In response to different stressors and experiences, it can have a mild or major effect on one’s life. Effectively managing your mental health can significantly improve your life, increase your ability to support your family, enjoy friendships and live happily.
So, why choose me, and how can I help you with your mental health?
Through all of these experiences, I felt there was an opportunity to provide a professional counselling service in the area of Men’s mental health in a caring, empathic environment.
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