Barriers, facilitators and benefits associated with male mental health help-seeking are poorly understood in the context of men’s gendered experiences. The present study utilised purposive sampling to recruit seven British adult males diagnosed with a mental health condition to explore their lived experiences of help-seeking. Interpretative phenomenological analysis of semi-structured interviews revealed three themes: ‘denial as preservation’, ‘reframing masculine identity’, and ‘normalisation and empowerment’. While denial was found to act as a barrier to help-seeking, reframing masculine identity to incorporate help-seeking as a valued masculine enactment was a facilitator. Normalisation of mental ill health was important in developing a sense of belonging and connectedness with others and the development of a sense of purpose through an exchange of being supportive and supported were perceived benefits of help-seeking. Understanding the construction and negotiation processes of distress and vulnerability connected to gender are crucial to understanding men’s help-seeking for mental health conditions.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||BPS North of England Bulletin|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Erdem, H., Wilson, G., Limbrick, H., & Swainston, K. (2020). An interpretive phenomenological exploration of the barriers, facilitators and benefits to male mental health help-seeking. BPS North of England Bulletin, (1). https://shop.bps.org.uk/the-north-of-england-bulletin-issue-1-spring-2020-19369.html