The one thing teen boys don’t discuss with their dads

By admin
06 November 2016

Around half of teenage boys don’t feel comfortable talking to their fathers about mental health, a new study has found.

Awareness campaign Time to Change surveyed 1,000 males aged 16-18 years old about how open they are with their dads about their state of mind. Overall 49 per cent admitted they weren’t confident enough to discuss matters such as depression, stress and anxiety.

A third of the boys also noted that their fathers don’t discuss anything to do with "feelings", resulting in the sons putting on a "brave face" in the fear they’d burden their parent by being open.

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But it was also found that 70 per cent of the participants were comfortable enough to talk about their problems when encouraged by their fathers.

This research was conducted demonstrate how male teenagers’ outlook on mental health is affected by how their dads behave, with results suggesting over a quarter of young men experience mental health symptoms every week during this period of their lives.

Jo Loughran, interim director of Time to Change, hopes these findings encourage fathers and sons to be more honest with each other when it comes to emotions.

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"We want to encourage all dads to talk more openly so that if and when their sons do develop mental health problems, they can be more supportive of them," said Jo.

"If we can break the negative cycle of men feeling unable to speak out, we can create a new generation of men who no longer feel isolated, ashamed and unable to reach out for the help that they, and everyone around them, needs to successfully manage their mental health."

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