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According to the same review, "a lot of men also report being dissuaded from seeking help because mental health professionals seem to offer services more suited to the needs of women."
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Review suggests that this is likely because "mental health professionals aren't doing enough to make their services inviting to men. This leaves men to turn to harmful coping mechanisms, such as drugs and alcohol instead."
To make therapy more inviting to men, they need more access to group therapy and recreational-based therapy groups. There is plenty of evidence to support that Men's Sheds easily qualify as one option for such recreational-based therapy groups.
Call to action:
"Let's stop accepting that men lead shorter lives and actively support those who are working to create healthy space for men – particularly as they age. Men shouldn't have to die quicker."
Shannon Sampert, associate professor at the University of Winnipeg.
Men often associate being employed with a sense of value and worth. Too many men tie big parts of their identities to their careers. This becomes especially evident after they retire when they have time on their hands and a tendency to suffer from isolation, loneliness, and depression.
Loss of social network, identity tied to career, and purpose contribute to feelings of loneliness and depression in older men. It's a significant and growing fraction of our population.
Exacerbating the problem is the fact that men don't ask for the help they need
In Canada, Men's Shed is an unfunded self help movement trying to fix this.