We asked men to tell us why they thought other men found it difficult to disclose or talk about their worries:

Men are characterised as though they should be masculine and strong, and talking about feelings is presented/seen as more feminine.

Because men are supposed to be tough & look after their family & friends

They're trained from an early age not to show feelings or to ask for emotional support, on pain of losing identity as a man

Fear of looking weak and also the fear of losing control

We think we can cope we think we should be strong and find it hard to ask for help

Nobody wants to hear about my problems

We asked men to describe the best type of service for men experiencing difficulties in their life. We wanted their ideas and thoughts to see if we could improve:

I feel that talking to someone face to face with other people in the same situations would benefit me

To be told they’re needed & not on their own. They need stability and consistency.

Options. Men feel helpless when they lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. When we can't see a way to get out of the problem situation

Somewhere men can go and talk about their problems without being stigmatised or bullied. Also the setting could help with counselling and if in debt, a similar set up to Citizens Advice. I think I would be more likely to interact with a service if I knew I could go to one place and get help for everything rather than having to go from pillar to post describing my situation to every Tom, Dick and Harry.

Men need to feel less like they’re being judged, to take away the stigma of being a man and depressed

All responses were anonymous and any sensitive data was kept confidential. However, the results of our 2015 survey have helped us to understand the experiences and needs of our clients and helped us to develop our services so we can give the most effective support when men need it most. The responses to this survey are also used in our talks, conferences and presentations. The full results and the qualitiative accounts are used to train our staff and volunteers.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 90 men that responded to our survey.

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