Why Won’t Men Get Help?

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Why Won’t Men Get Help?

I was the featured guest at a Google Hangout sponsored by the Good Men Project recently, the topic being, “Are Men Falling Behind In Mental Health?”

We opened up the discussion beyond mental health to the larger issue of men seeking help and what is in the way. As a Clinical Psychologist and Couples Counselor, my practice is filled mainly with men who actually do want to improve their lives. The panel consisted of five other men, including my colleague, Jed Diamond, PhD, who has been engaged in men’s work for decades and is becoming more involved in the pioneering work of Male Gender Medicine.

Watch the video, it’s thirty minutes that will definitely give you much to contemplate.

Please share it with friends, family and colleagues that will benefit and post your comments below.

Thank you so much,

Dr. Adam Sheck


  1. There need to be many, many more of these conversations. As a woman surrounded by patriarchal stories I feel like the solution to this energy imbalance is to help men and boys. Thank-you for being willing to open up and support this issue.

    • Nicole,
      Thanks so much for your support. It IS a huge issue and engaging in discussion is so vital to us all.
      Take care,

  2. It’s great to hear men speaking truthfully about their dysfunctional childhood, and how much we can do with it, regardless of the past. My favorite saying is “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”

    Shame is often at the core of the reluctance to get help. If I feel broken inside, I can’t possibly let other people know about it, because I would then be rejected and ostracized. The belief keeps me stuck in the experience created by the belief.

    As men, we need to challenge ourselves, and each other, to break out of our binds and use every methodology available to clear what’s in the way. Our Tribe (www.TribeOfMen.com) is designed for this very challenge.

    Keep up the great work, Adam.

    • Lion,
      Thanks for your kind words as well as your support of men in your work. I agree we must use everything we can. Looking forward to your guest blog on “what it means to be a man after fifty” one day 🙂
      Take care,

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