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Men’s Support Group

Separate yourself from the stress and triggers of your everyday routine in a safe and supportive environment with San Diego’s most comprehensive residential treatment program at the Mental Health Center of San Diego. 

The Mental Health Center of San Diego offers support groups for men that help men navigate through difficult situations, manage their emotions, cope with trauma, and address mental health issues or disorders they are experiencing. 

For decades, society has imposed many stigmas on men to be strong and repress their emotions. Many of the stigmas men face are extremely unhealthy and antiquated. Men’s support groups for mental health-related issues are becoming increasingly more common as people begin to acknowledge that a men’s mental health is a critical part of their overall well-being.

Support Groups

What are Men’s Support Groups?

A men’s support group is a small group of men who come together to support one another and healthily navigate through their struggles with the help of a mental health professional. The goal of a men’s support group is to assist men in achieving personal growth. Men’s support groups will typically consist of 6-15 men that meet regularly once a week, biweekly, or monthly.

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What to Expect From Men’s Support Groups at the Mental Health Center of San Diego

Men can find support for several gender-specific topics they face related to mental health and life. 

Topics Addressed in Men’s Support Groups

No two meetings are ever the same; men at MHC San Diego’s support groups will talk about whatever is on their minds at the time. It’s common for a group session to cover a wide range of gender-specific topics, including: 

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Communication in relationships
  • Career & purpose
  • Mental health
  • Work-life balance
  • Parenting
  • Health challenges
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Personal finances
  • How to control emotions as a man
  • Breaking stigmas and unfair social norms
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    Formats Used in Men’s Support Groups

    Even though every men’s group is unique, some practices can best be applied to a men’s group format.

     

    Introductions

    Men will introduce themselves to begin the meetings.

    Intentions

    Often, the men will go around the circle and explain why they're there.

    Hot-Seats

    Individuals can share and receive feedback on whatever they want.

    Accountability

    State accountability items so that the other members can help with processing and acceptance.

    Closing Statements

    Individuals get the opportunity to point out a part of the group that stood out to them and that they appreciated.

    Social follow-ups

    After the meeting, the men will usually linger and discuss some of the topics. This helps increase comfort, camaraderie, and the development of support networks.

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    Benefits of Men’s Support Groups

    When men surround themselves with a supportive group of peers, they are more likely to experience some benefits, including:

    • Improved mental state
    • Development of healthy coping mechanisms
    • Guidance through difficult situations
    • Helpful advice
    • Comradarie
    • Improved social skills
    • A support network
    • Resources and recommendations
    • Emotional breakthroughs