June is Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month aims to break down societal barriers and encourage men to prioritize their mental well-being, seek help when needed, and engage in conversations about mental health. The Tillamook Family Counseling Center recognizes June as Men’s Health Month and is dedicated to raising awareness about the mental health challenges faced by men and promoting resources to address those challenges. 

It is important to raise awareness around men’s mental health because of the stereotypes and gender norms that discourage men from seeking help for mental health issues. Normalizing conversation around reaching out to mental health professionals, accessing appropriate resources, and engaging in self-care practices helps to address the stigma surrounding mental health by fostering an environment of understanding and acceptance. It is important to encourage open conversations about struggles, promote empathy and compassion, and work towards creating a community where seeking mental health support is seen as a sign of strength rather than weakness.

A recent article published by Thriveworks stated, “There are various factors that may contribute to the perception of neglect or lesser attention towards men’s mental health specifically which are listed below:

  • Societal expectations: Traditional gender roles often place an emphasis on men being strong, stoic, and self-reliant, which can discourage men from seeking help or expressing their emotions. This societal expectation may contribute to a lack of awareness or conversation around men’s mental health issues.
  • Stigma surrounding mental health: Mental health issues, in general, have historically carried a significant stigma, and this can affect men as well. Men may face additional challenges due to societal norms that discourage them from seeking help or expressing vulnerability. The stigma surrounding mental health can deter men from seeking support or discussing their struggles openly.
  • Limited awareness and resources: There may be a lack of awareness or understanding regarding the specific mental health challenges that men face. This could result in limited resources, services, and support networks available specifically for men’s mental health. Insufficient resources can contribute to the perception that men’s mental health is being overlooked.”

For more facts about men’s mental health, visit Mental Health Americas’ Infographic: Mental Health for Men

By promoting awareness, reducing stigma, and providing targeted support, Men’s Health Month contributes to a healthier and more supportive environment for men to address their mental health needs and seek the help they deserve. If you or someone you know may be experiencing challenging and difficult times, our staff at TFCC are well qualified to assist with a wide-range of life issues. Schedule an appointment or learn more about TFCC services by calling 503-842-8201.