Why is it hard for men to talk about mental health problems?

Men's health forum: malehealth.co.ukMental health problems can affect anyone but stigma and discrimination can stop people opening up about their experiences and seeking help.

However, talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all.

It's Men's Health Week and this year's theme is this week so we asked our supporters on Facebook and Twitter: What reasons do you think might make it hard for men, in particular, to open up about mental health problems?

You can read the debate on our Facebook page and we've collected some of the responses from Twitter below:

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lack of services for men?? what is on offer is pitiful

Just speaking to women about the help they get for MH issues, and there is just a massive difference for men IE nothing of any great substance? OK if you have cancer yes there is support but bar that get on with it or scrimp around looking for what is on offer locally? Find that, in an age where we talk of equality, this is such a hypocrisy, that men are just not catered for, the same as women? Added to this discrimination, is the fact we know men suffer far more, but do we try to single them out for help???? No, we don’t its beyond belief, they say women are the weaker sex maybe physically but maybe men are physiologically and I think it is high time it was addressed!

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