Why are men less likely to seek psychological therapy and counselling?

Recent research from the American Psychological Association  might shed some light on this.

The study collated results of over 70 studies involving more than 19,000 men spanning an 11 year period.  Men’s reluctance to seek therapy in comparison to women appeared linked with a pressure to conform to male stereotypes to be stoical, competitive and “tough”.  Such so called masculine traits were also linked with depression and substance misuse.

An article in the guardian asked several British men who had experienced emotional difficulties for their views in light of this research.

One stated  “It can be very hard to admit vulnerability…the traits of manliness leave so little space for other elements of our humanity. Traits that society may portray as more “feminine”, such as compassion, understanding and care, at essential and great sources of strength.”

Another man noted “It’s important to realise that this is not a mindset that suddenly appears.  Rather it is instilled in men from a young age”.

See the full article here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/24/as-boys-we-are-told-to-be-brave-men-on-masculinity-and-mental-health