Mental Health

Men: Is It Time to Ask for Help?

In our last post, therapists Beau Nelson and Ed Huebner weighed in on men’s mental health. Here, they share their thoughts on signs you might want to ask for help.


Here are just some of the symptoms that could mean it’s time to reach out for help.

Overall, trust your gut. If you don’t feel like your life is going in the right direction, consider speaking to someone who can help. You don’t have to know exactly what’s wrong to start the conversation toward better mental health.


Changes in sleep.


“It might be a mood issue that’s affected your sleep. It might be laying awake late at night stressing out or ruminating over certain anxieties. And then men may attribute it to a sleep issue and something they need to correct through getting better sleep. Well, maybe there’s something more going on,” Huebner said.


Irritability and increased anger.


“Depression can look like sadness for a lot of people, but for some men, it can look like anger. Maybe a man understands he’s got a short fuse but doesn’t necessarily define that as depression—doesn’t necessarily define that as something he needs treatment for,” Huebner said.



Decreased interest in things you used to enjoy.


“Look at things that are important to you. Are they changing in ways that you’re not satisfied with, or not happy with, and are they causing you some level of distress? … The more time you take away, or are moving away from doing those things that were once important, or defined who you were, the more difficult it is to get back into that,” Nelson said.





“When things start going wrong in most of our lives, usually we might pull back from people. Usually we can figure it out and it doesn’t disrupt our lives in a meaningful way. … For some people when they do that, it doesn’t resolve and it doesn’t improve, and it keeps getting a little worse as you’re pulling away from people,” Nelson said.


Considering suicide?

Call a suicide prevention helpline, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Don’t lose hope.

There’s help ready and waiting.


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