Let’s be honest, it’s tough living in a man’s world, even for men! Being a man in our society presents a complex set of challenges and stressors. These can negatively impact our sense of self, our ability to communicate effectively with the people we care about, and even our ability to pursue those goals most important to us in life. Figuring out what being a man means to you, how you want that reflected in yourself, your lifestyle, and your interactions with others can often be an essential part of the work done in counseling.
LIVING IN A MAN’S WORLD IS TOUGH ON MEN
Living as a man in modern American carries with it many stressors and complicated expectations that men often don’t get enough support for. According to research by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 20% of American adults experience a clinically significant episode of depression every year. While men are somewhat less likely to experience depression, only 60% of men experiencing symptoms seek treatment compared to 72% of women. The impact of inadequate support for men can been seen in suicide statistics. Men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women. Further, for American men under the age of 45, suicide is the second-most common cause of death according to 2017 research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As men living in a stressful world, we need and deserve support to live our lives to the fullest we can.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
At Heartland Therapy Connection, we understand the unique challenges that come with being a man in today’s world and we’re here to listen and help! We’ll look beyond the “right or wrong” way to be a man to help you express your own your masculinity and live with authenticity and wellness.
HOW COUNSELING CAN HELP
Working one-on-one in a private, confidential environment, counseling will help give you the tools and coping skills you need to help navigate your life and all its changes. Counseling can help you to manage and express your emotions in ways that improve your sense of wellness. Counseling can also help you build or expand on communication skills to improve relationships and deepen connections with those we love. You are important, this work is important, and we’re ready when you are.