For those of us who are men in the United States, acknowledging that we need support is one of our greatest fears. Research shows that men generally are lonelier, have less meaningful relationships, have greater struggles with unacknowledged mental health, have fewer friendships and are seriously impacted by life changes (job disruption, family conflict, substance use, etc.). Many of us are also taught a rigid, or toxic, masculinity–that is to be strong and to keep their emotions in check and to do it alone. This often leads many of us to feel chronically isolated, anxious and depressed.
Often we minimize or don’t recognize our own emotional pain. This results in them bottling up our emotions, which often leads to a manifestation of physical diseases, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
If you, or someone in your life, sees this in you, working with me through telemental health could be highly beneficial.