While I was doing my counselling placement, majority of my clients were males, a clientèle I was scared to work with because I was not sure if I could empathise or relate to them as much as I did females.
Now, after having worked with them on a consistent basis I have realised that the emotional disparity between men and women is very little, that men experience similar emotional reactions and thoughts as women.
The major difference concerning mental health between the sexes is the stigma men experience about seeking help for their emotional and mental needs and the lacking of a critical social support system where they can speak openly and honestly about their emotional concerns.
It’s so easy to dehumanise people because of our own experiences or because of what we perceive them to be like. However, the struggle of anxiety and depression is real for men and it’s one that needs to be addressed and overcome by society.