Mental Health

Why do men suffer in silence?

This morning’s post is to express #gratitude to the brave men that have found the courage to conquer their fears and come in to talk to me about their mental health.

Thank you.

What I hear from you is:

👊 It’s not a two step process. It might take you 3 months, maybe more, to pick up the phone and call my reception team. Or to use the online booking app.

👊 You’ve booked and cancelled quite a few times, with good intentions, but rumbling with your vulnerability, feelings of doubt and perhaps insecurity

👊 You’ve genuinely considered whether it would make any difference whatsoever to talk to me

👊 You wouldn’t know where to start the conversation

None of these are ‘easy’ to overcome. I get that. I’ve been there.

Here’s what I’d like you to know:

✅ You don’t need to have something specific to talk about. Come in, I’m comfortable both directing the conversation and listening carefully to what you have to say.

✅ Help is available. Doctors are human and many of us have fought our own mental health battles. Sometimes, we get it. If we don’t, we’ll listen carefully and help to navigate the path forward.

✅ Men can be pretty good with black and white. We are natural problem solvers. ‘Grey’ is genuinely difficult.

✅ Let’s chat.

You can book an appointment online via HotDoc, http://bit.ly/2TD0r6Z

Alternatively, please call our reception team on 02 9680 9644.

Other useful contact details:

  • If it’s an emergency, please dial 000 or visit your local hospital emergency department.
  • To speak to someone over the phone, call:
    • Lifeline on 13 11 14
    • Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978
    • Suicide Callback Service on 1300 658 467
    • NSW Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511 (24 hours 7 days a week)

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