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Men and Therapy: Debunking Myths and Encouraging Support

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet many men continue to face significant barriers when it comes to seeking therapy. Societal expectations, stigma, and misinformation contribute to the reluctance many men feel about accessing mental health services. In this article, we will debunk common myths surrounding men and therapy, highlight the importance of mental health support, and provide relevant figures and statistics to underscore the need for change.

Myth 1: Men Should Be Strong and Self-Reliant

Debunking the Myth

One of the most pervasive myths is that men should be strong, stoic, and self-reliant, not needing any external help for their problems. This stereotype discourages men from seeking therapy, viewing it as a sign of weakness.

The Reality

Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of gender. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Acknowledging the need for support is the first step towards recovery and well-being.


  • According to the American Psychological Association, only 30% of men who experience mental health issues seek professional help, compared to 45% of women.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the global suicide rate for men is significantly higher than for women, with men accounting for 75% of all suicides.

Myth 2: Therapy Is Only for Severe Mental Illness

Debunking the Myth

Another common misconception is that therapy is only necessary for severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. This myth can prevent men from seeking help for more common issues like anxiety, depression, or stress.

The Reality

Therapy is beneficial for a wide range of mental health concerns, not just severe mental illnesses. It provides tools and strategies for managing everyday stress, improving relationships, and enhancing overall quality of life.


  • The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults. Many of these individuals can benefit from therapy.

  • In Africa, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) indicates that depression and anxiety are prevalent, with a significant portion of the population experiencing these issues.

Myth 3: Therapy Takes Too Much Time and Is Expensive

Debunking the Myth

Many men believe that therapy is a time-consuming and costly endeavor, making it inaccessible for those with busy schedules or limited financial resources.

The Reality

While therapy can require a time commitment, many therapists offer flexible scheduling options, including evenings and weekends. Additionally, telemedicine has made therapy more accessible than ever before, allowing individuals to receive support from the comfort of their homes. Various insurance plans and community programs can help make therapy more affordable.


  • According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), telehealth services for mental health saw a 154% increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the growing accessibility of remote therapy.

  • In Kenya, a study by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) found that telepsychiatry can significantly improve access to mental health services in rural areas.

Encouraging Support for Men’s Mental Health

Creating a Supportive Environment

Encouraging men to seek therapy involves creating a supportive environment that normalizes mental health conversations. This includes:

  • Promoting Mental Health Education: Providing education on the importance of mental health and the benefits of therapy.

  • Challenging Stigmas: Actively challenging stereotypes and stigmas associated with men and therapy through public awareness campaigns.

  • Offering Accessible Resources: Ensuring that mental health resources are accessible and affordable for all men, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

The Role of Employers

Employers play a crucial role in supporting men’s mental health by:

  • Implementing Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Offering EAPs that provide confidential counseling and support services.

  • Encouraging Work-Life Balance: Promoting policies that encourage a healthy work-life balance, reducing work-related stress.

  • Providing Mental Health Training: Training managers and employees to recognize the signs of mental health issues and provide appropriate support.


Debunking myths and encouraging support for men’s mental health is essential for fostering a healthier, more inclusive society. By challenging stereotypes, promoting education, and making mental health resources accessible, we can create an environment where men feel empowered to seek the help they need. At BYON8, we are dedicated to supporting men’s mental health through comprehensive telemedicine services, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they deserve.


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