Psychological Distress and Help-Seeking Facilitators in Quebec Men Findings from a Province-Wide Survey

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Corentin Montiel
Arnaud Duhoux
Gilles Tremblay
Raymond Villeneuve
Jacques Roy
Brigitte Lavoie
Janie Houle


It has been well established that men are not inclined to seek psychosocial help. Although barriers preventing psychosocial help-seeking behaviors in men have been extensively documented, few studies have investigated perceived facilitators and preferences involved in these behaviors.
Based on an online survey of 2095 Quebec men, this descriptive study explores men’s psychological distress and help-seeking behaviors, perceptions of effective facilitators of help-seeking behaviors, and psychosocial intervention preferences.
About 30% of the men surveyed presented some form of psychological distress, and very few had used psy-chosocial services in the last year. Most men did not have a preference regarding the gender of their therapist, although they reported favoring solution-focused interventions and appreciating a continuity in the therapeutic relationship. Men also highly rated the importance of free or low-cost services to facilitate help-seeking behaviors. Finally, they indicated a high probability of consulting, if their doctor would tell them to, or if they noticed that their situation affected on their children, or if they experienced suicidal ideation.
Understanding what encourages men to seek help for mental health difficulties and their preferences in services and intervention may lead to greater service use and improved mental health.


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Montiel, C., Duhoux, A., Tremblay, G., Villeneuve, R., Roy, J., Lavoie, B., & Houle, J. (2022). Psychological Distress and Help-Seeking Facilitators in Quebec Men: Findings from a Province-Wide Survey. International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health, 5(1), 1-26.
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Corentin Montiel, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Arnaud Duhoux, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Gilles Tremblay, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada

School of Social Work and Criminology, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada

Raymond Villeneuve, Regroupement pour la Valorisation de la Paternité, Montreal, QC, Canada

Regroupement pour la Valorisation de la Paternité, Montreal, QC, Canada

Jacques Roy, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada

Department of Sociology, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada

Brigitte Lavoie, Lavoie Solutions, Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada

Lavoie Solutions, Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada

Janie Houle, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada


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