Vida Health: Men’s mental health myths

A OnePoll study of 2,004 Americans asked men and women how often they cry, finding that men averaged just over four times a month, compared to just over three for women. That’s 48 times a year for men and only 36 for women.

The online research was conducted on behalf of virtual care company, Vida Health. Two-thirds of the men surveyed have sought professional help for their mental health at some point in their lives, compared to just half of the women. Despite those numbers, the study still found evidence of stigma against men seeking help.

63% are almost twice as likely as women to hide the fact that they’re getting treatment for their mental health. Male respondents also admitted they’d feel embarrassment (50%), shame (40%) or fear (39%) if those close to them found out they were going to therapy.

The research findings were published on the Vida Health blog and shared as part of a media campaign in October 2021.

“Over the past two years we’ve made tremendous progress in destigmatising mental health ailments, but there’s still so much work to be done — especially for men. So many men feel like they need to keep their feelings to themselves, tucked away and shielded, otherwise they’ll be labeled as weak and lesser-than. In reality understanding those feelings, embracing them, and seeking out the assistance that can help them feel better is just about the bravest and strongest thing a person can do.”
Vida Health Chief Clinical Officer Chris Mosunic, PhD.

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