The Real Reasons Men Don’t Get Help

A survey of professionals working with men and boys in the UK and Australia has revealed the “Top Three Reasons Men Don’t Get Help” – and you may find the results surprising.

According to men and women working in helping professions like healthcare, social work and mental health services, the three main reasons men are less likely to get help from frontline services are:

  • There are less support services targeted at men
  • Services supporting men receive less funding
  • Most help-giving services are female orientated

The survey was carried out in partnership between Helping Men in the UK and Men’s Health Services in Australia, two organisations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

While professionals in both countries agreed on the top three barriers that prevent more men and boys accessing support services, there were some notable differences.

Frontline workers in the UK thought that social barriers like the way men are conditioned and the way men cope differently from women were more significant than their Australian counterparts.

The Australian professionals surveyed felt that systemic barriers such as restrictive opening hours and the failure of services to market themselves effectively to men were more significant.

Workers in both countries agreed that issues like ‘male pride’ and the stigma that men may feel when needing help, were less significant that is popularly thought.

The results echo many of the findings of the Big Lottery’s INVISIBLE MEN report which found men were less likely to be benefit from social projects, that few projects target men and that “the lack of visibility of men in the social sector can be detrimental in engaging male beneficiaries if they feel that they are in a female environment”.

Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men said:

“We know that men are less likely to get help from a broad range of public services and social projects in areas like health, mental health, parenting and social care.

“We also know that there are lots of great examples of projects and practitioners who demonstrate by example that male service users do engage when services are specifically targeted at men and to respond to men’s needs.

Helping Men is the UK’s leading resource for professionals in the business of helping men get help and provides news, resources, information, training, research and consultancy services.

For professionals who want help making their services more accessible to men and boys there will be a Helping Men Get Help training day in Brighton & Hove on Tuesday 23rd May.

The Helping Men Survey took place online during January, February and March 2013 surveying 37 UK professionals and 44 Australian professionals.

For further information in Australia, please contact Greg Millan on 0417 772 390 or email

For further information in the United Kingdom, please contactg Glen Poole at Helping Men on +44 7981 334 222 or email

Glen Poole
Helping Men
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