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“Men don’t cry.”
This is a phrase we have all heard many times. Unfortunately, patriarchy has created a mental health stigma that has resulted in men getting rebutted for crying or showing emotions. As a result, men are less likely to share their emotional struggles. Victims of not just social stigma but self-stigma too.
Because men are often expected to assume the role as the hunter-gatherer, society pressures them to be “strong”. Unfortunately, this definition of strength is misrepresented as a lack of emotional expression. They are expected to be self-reliant instead of needy, go-getters and doers, and in control of the world around them instead of introspecting and processing things emotionally.
Change Is Needed
While both men and women face mental health complexities, women are more likely to seek help and work on their issues. Also, mental health symptoms manifest differently in men and women.
Mental Health Issues In Men Include:
- Anxious Behaviour
- Impulsive Behaviour
- Lack of Focus
- Substance Use
- Suicidal Tendencies
These may also translate into physical distress and symptoms such as:
- Appetite Changes
- Constant Headaches & Pain
- Digestive & Sleeping Disturbances
What Causes These Symptoms To Go Unnoticed
At a grassroots level, the expectation that society burdens men with is the core problem. Men are expected to have a masculine approach to things, they must not show emotions and must display strength. And if they do show emotions or fear, cry, or seek help from others, they are looked potentially down upon. They are expected to strictly abide by the gender rules set by society, no matter how irrelevant and wrong they are.
The most disheartening part is that this nature also prevents them from seeking treatment. They downplay the severity of symptoms and prefer to not seek support.
Become A Part Of The Bigger Change
The University of Bolton offers a new degree for those wanting to help others in need. A BSc (Hons) in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling. This course is a great study option for those who wish to learn more about this topic and change the way the world deals with men’s and women’s mental health issues. So instead of becoming keyboard warriors about mental health issues, take charge and work towards this rewarding career.
Becoming a mental health professional can be the first step you take towards bringing about change. The Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling course can enable you to become competent mental health professionals who encourage open conversations about gender-influenced mental health issues.
The course emphasises prioritising psychological well-being and counselling. It equips every student with potent tools for combating mental health disorders with early intervention with the help of counselling.
This course highlights various factors that impact mental health, such as counselling, and social and community work. You can learn:
- Facets of psychology
- Counselling skills
- Social & legal issues impacting mental health
Why Choose The University Of Bolton?
Top Ranking: The university is ranked among the Top 10 in the UK for Psychology courses.
Integrated Learning: You can experience work-based learning in addition to theoretical concepts.
Employability: The course equips each student with the knowledge and skills required to land good opportunities in this area.
Excellent Staff: The University of Bolton team is highly approachable and excellent in guiding students studying mental health. You will be encouraged to explore group work, lab workshops, engaging discussions and more.
If you want to build a career in a field that directly impacts the lives of people, this course is for you! You can guide men with mental health issues, encourage them to seek help, and start to work towards the change the world needs. For further information, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on us on 01204 903807.
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