Getting Them Through the Door: a Survey of Men’s Facilitators for Seeking Mental Health Treatment

  • Z. E. SeidlerEmail author
  • S. M. Rice
  • D. Kealy
  • J. L. Oliffe
  • J. S. Ogrodniczuk
Brief Report

Much of the existing literature in the men’s mental health field focuses on understanding why men are often reluctant to seek and engage in treatment (Seidler et al. 2016). Research has highlighted factors including societal and self-stigma (DeBate et al. 2018; Vogel et al. 2011), men’s alignments to masculine norms (e.g. self-reliance; Berger et al. 2013) and poor sensitivity to male distress in men’s low uptake of mental health services (Rice et al. 2019). However, the emphasis on men’s disconnects from mental health care has meant that the reasons why men make their way into treatment remain poorly understood. Moreover, given there has been a consistent rise in the number of men seeking help for mental health concerns in the past decade (Harris et al. 2015) largely a result of increased awareness, funding and targeted public campaigns (e.g. King et al. 2018), it follows that understanding the experiences of men in treatment is key to improving pathways to care for others (Seidler...


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethics approval was obtained from the University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board, and all participants consented to involvement.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental HealthThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.School of NursingUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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