Men and Counselling
According to the Samaritans, 75% of suicides in the UK are carried out by men. Why is this? As a man you may have been bought up with messages such as 'big boys don't cry', 'man up' and 'stay strong'. This may have encouraged you to suppress your feelings and avoid discussing your problems. But this can lead to serious consequences.
Those buried feelings have to be expressed somehow. It may be through anger and violence because these are more acceptable emotions for you to display. Or they may become directed inwards and manifest as depression and/or anxiety. Or they may be numbed by alcohol, gambling, overworking or substance abuse.
In our work I help you gain an understanding of how important and natural it is to express all feelings, and talk through your problems. And that doing so is a sign of strength, not weakness. That being vulnerable and honest about how you are feeling is the pathway to building deeper relationships and living a happier and more fulfilling life.