Men with mental health problems may be delayed to ask for help if their housewife's receptionist is female, the expert warns
- Prof. Sarah Niblock said men don't want to talk to female GPs
- She claimed that they might be reluctant to open up to a female staff member
- Prof. Niblock said that three of the four suicides in Britain are men
- She told a commons committee that this can be a barrier for men seeking help
Female receptionists can drop men off to ask for help with psychological problems, experts said yesterday.
Those seeking help may have difficulty opening up to a member of the opposite sex, especially strangers, the MPs were told. Professor Sarah Niblock, of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, told the Commons Committee on Women and Equality of the & # 39; stigma & # 39; and & # 39; shame & # 39; that many men feel when they admit they need help.
The committee investigates the barriers that men encounter when accessing support. Professor Niblock said: & # 39; When I'm with my local doctor, you have to tell someone at the desk, who is often a woman, why you want an appointment.
Prof. Sarah Niblock, pictured, said men with mental health problems may be reluctant to seek help from their GP if the receptionist is a woman when they have to reveal the nature of their illness
She said that female receptionists can be a huge barrier to future men & # 39;
& # 39; That could be a huge barrier for men coming forward and talking about it in the first place. & # 39;
And Andy Bell, deputy head of the Center for Mental Health, said the help system was needed to evolve a path that people are currently moving towards a & # 39; building with clear mental health & # 39; sends.
He said that & # 39; comfortable spaces & # 39; were needed & # 39; based on building a continuous relationship with someone rather than seeing endless people & # 39 ;.
Three of the four British who live their own lives are men. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50 in England and Wales.
As part of the ten-year plan, the NHS wants to put teams in schools to make services accessible from a young age.
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