In my experience of working with male coaching clients, health concerns are just as important as career issues. Health concerns can taint an otherwise sunny outlook, just like job woes.
I think it is interesting to note that Men’s Health Week took place in June and it highlighted the silence many men keep regarding one aspect of their wellbeing, their mental health. There are details here:
This silence is sobering stuff coming a few days after the actor Paul Bhattarcharjee apparently took his own life (without family and friends seeing any warning signs). Many men don’t show they are in distress, until it is too late.
There seem to be three parts to the challenge to coaching men to manage their mental health needs. The coaching, responding to the client’s issues, should be helping them:
– recognise what a healthy state feels like
– acknowledge when those feelings are absent for a significant period
– feel confident in seeking professional help in returning to health
Supporting a client in developing that awareness is quite a challenge. It is though an important one to tackle, for the sake of men, their loved ones and their friends.