Mental Health Resources for Men

Men struggle with their mental health just as much as women do, but the stigma around seeking help for mental health issues prevents many men from seeking the care they need. Don't hesitate to seek access to men's mental health resources. Protect your well-being so you can live a higher quality of life.

What is mental health care?

Mental health care can look like a lot of different things and depends on your needs. For example, someone with a substance abuse issue may seek help from a support group of people who have similar experiences. You may get medication for a mental health condition like an anxiety disorder or ADHD. Or you may speak to a therapist about everything from daily struggles to larger problems such as grief, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mental health care is tailored to you, to protect and promote mental wellness. It is not a sign of weakness to seek help for struggles in your life. Whether you're looking for resources for yourself or trying to care for a family member or loved one, there are plenty of ways to get help.

Why seek the advice of mental health professionals?

With the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care is more important than ever. Mental health professionals are trained to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems of all kinds. They provide the support you need to live a quality life. They can offer tested coping strategies that can help you improve your patterns of thinking and move towards a happier or more stable mental state.

The other benefit of mental health professionals is that they understand that men and women may experience different symptoms for the same mental illness. For example, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, women with depression often describe themselves as feeling sad, despondent, or listless. But the symptoms of depression in men can include aggression, anxiety, restlessness, and high-risk behavior, among others. (Men and Depression, NIMH)

Mental health treatments available with Babylon

Babylon offers a range of options for seeking help for mental health issues. You can speak with one of our licensed therapists for support and advice on coping mechanisms. They may refer you for a psychiatry appointment if they believe you can benefit from medication. We also have substance use counselors and social workers you can speak to for advice on organizing your life.

FAQs

What is self-care?

Self-care is a process of caring for your own mental health and doing little things to improve mental wellness. You can attend to your own mental and emotional needs to keep yourself more balanced on a day-to-day basis.

How do I practice self-care?

Self-care differs from person to person. A therapist or social worker can help you work out what helps for you, but it's best to start with low-stress activities that help you relax. Classic self-care options include things like drawing a bath, taking a break from social media, or putting extra care into a hygiene routine, but it differs from person to person. Self-care may include making time for your favorite hobbies, from caring for a garden to woodworking to cooking.

What are some risk factors for mental illness?

Risk factors differ by type of mental illness, but there are some basic things you can look out for.

  • A history of mental illness in your family or other mental illnesses you've had
  • Increased stress in your life, whether professional or personal
  • A sudden stressful event (such as job loss or the death of a loved one)
  • A chronic physical condition
  • Traumatic brain injury or another injury to the brain
  • Traumatic events, such as accidents or military combat
  • Alcohol and/or drug use
  • Abuse or neglect in childhood
  • Relationship abuse
  • Isolation or a lack of close family or friend relationships

(Mental Illness, Mayo Clinic)

​What are some barriers to seeking care?

Race can play a part in preventing men from seeking the care they need. For example, men of color may feel hesitant to seek help from a psychology workforce that's overwhelmingly white: 83% in 2019, according to the American Psychological Association. (Demographics of the US Psychology Workforce, APA) Geographical distribution makes it difficult to seek help in some areas of the US. Lack of healthcare access makes it difficult for Hispanic and African American men to seek mental health help. (Ethnic & Racial Minorities and Socioeconomic Status, APA)

What's the difference between a therapist and a psychiatrist?

A therapist provides behavioral-modification-based care, or care that aims to help you through coping mechanisms you can use daily. A psychiatrist may use the same talk therapy tactics, but they can also prescribe medications. Most psychiatrists have a doctorate degree and only a few specialists can practice without one.

What kinds of treatment options can I expect from a mental healthcare provider?

Our mental healthcare providers can offer a range of treatment options such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or talk therapy. You can talk to a therapist about the struggles in your life, and they will help you break down and work through them. You can see a therapist alone, or go to couples, family, or group therapy to work on issues together. You may also receive medications from a psychiatrist to help manage symptoms.

What are some physical symptoms of mental illness?

There are many different symptoms for different kinds of mental illnesses. For example, depression often comes with low mental and physical energy, fatigue, and loss of appetite or sexual desires. Anxiety disorders may come with increased heart rate, hyperventilation, trembling, and a weak feeling. More severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia may be accompanied by audio or visual hallucinations. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to contact a mental health professional.

How do I talk to a loved one about mental illness?

Whether you want to talk to a loved one about your own mental illness or express your concerns for their wellbeing, it can be hard to take that first step. You can consult your therapist about how to raise the subject. It may help you to write down a list of things you wish to talk about. The most important thing to remember is that you deserve love, help, and support and to keep an open, understanding mind to support your loved ones. Listening to what each other has to say is key.

Where can I get emergency help?

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help in an emergency room or use a helpline like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. If you're the victim of sexual abuse, you can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.