Why Do Men Commit Suicide?

Good article at: https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/06/are-we-socializing-men-to-die-by-suicide.html on men and suicide. It is US-grounded, but the arguments and evidence are applicable in the UK, too (with the proviso that it is, at least, much harder to acquire a gun in the UK than it is in the USA).

Worth persisting with the article, right to the end. Here we learn that, “Manhood is not a mental health disorder.” Extraordinary that this needs to be spelled out, but it does.

 

 

Men Can Cope With Emotions

This article in Therapy Today challenges the idea that men are rigid beings, unwilling to experience – and to share – their emotions. The author carefully examines the coping strategies men stereotypically employ when faced with adversity. He goes on to suggest that psychotherapy and counselling have the potential to help broaden these coping strategies, as well as providing men with different models of masculinity. He calls this “flexible masculinity.”

With gender relations in a state of flux, perhaps us men can start finding ways-of-being that suit us all better, as individuals and as men. I believe that therapy has a major role to play in this process.

Find the article here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/therapy-today/2019/june-2019/who-says-men-can-t-cope-with-emotions/