Directions not the only thing
men don’t like to ask for
For many diseases, the longer they’releft undetected and untreated, thetougher the road to recovery.
“In the case of mental health
problems, generally the longer a person
goes without intervention, the longer it
may take for treatment to work,” adds
Campbell. “Quite often relationships are
affected, productivity is reduced, and
problems may get worse as the person
struggles to cope on their own.”
Men’s reluctance to seek health care
may seem innocuous, but with shorter
life spans and higher mortality rates
than women, it’s a serious issue.
That said, some are taking a morelight-hearted approach to changingmen’s attitudes. For example, the annualMovember campaign builds awarenessand raises funds for men’s health andprostate cancer.
“By growing a moustache duringNovember, men essentially becomewalking, talking billboards for men’shealth and prostate cancer,” saysMovember spokesman Matt Matheson.
To encourage the men in your life toseek medical attention, you can comparetheir “maintenance of health and well-being to the proper maintenance ofmachinery,” suggests Campbell. Justas regular tune-ups of equipment helpto prolong their life, getting regularcheck-ups help find and fix problemareas, preventing a painful and costlybreakdown.
— Colleen Seto
When it comes to directions, thecliché goes, men generally seem averseto asking for help. The same can be saidabout men and health advice. But whilenot asking for directions could mean adetour to Lostland, not seeking medicaladvice can have dire consequences.
The reasons why many men arereluctant to seek health care are varied,but can often be attributed to aneverything-will-work-itself-out mindset.Men are also less likely to see a doctorwhen feeling ill or go for a physical forfear they might have to go to a hospital.They may be embarrassed to discusstheir health or they simply can’t bebothered.
“Men would rather fix thingsthemselves or not admit there may bea problem,” says Barbara Campbell,coordinator for Men at Risk, aneducational program in Albertafocused on helping men manage stress,recognize depression and get help. Sheadds some men delay seeking help untilthey literally can’t function.
Many men are also reluctant to seek help for their health
For information about the Men at Riskprogram, call:
780-539-0210 Grande Prairie
306-825-5523 LloydminsterOr call Health Link Alberta at
1-866-408-LINK (5465) or theMental Health Help Line at