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Let’s Talk Men

The need for men to talk to someone who understands their issues is important. It’s rare to find a friend who can take the time or has the skills to help us makes sense of it all. Speaking to an experienced, qualified professional when we are struggling who can help us develop the skills and coping strategies can make all the difference. 

The Great Male Withdrawal

As a professional coach, I’ve been fortunate to work with hundreds of men over the years.  However, I have become increasingly concerned about men and their place in the world.  Quite simply men are retreating from life.  I call this ‘The Great Male Withdrawal’.  It’s happening quickly and it’s happening silently with potentially catastrophic consequences. 

There is little public discourse on the male issues and very few people in positions of authority seem concerned about it.  So, it’s time to speak up.  It’s time for Men to Talk about their struggles and end the silence.

1.    https://fathers.com/the-consequences-of-fatherlessness/

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Graph showing the growth of male suicide
Male Suicide Rates
Source: https://ofboysandmen.substack.com/p/by-far-the-biggest-risk-factor-for

It's Time to Talk

Data on The Great Male Withdrawal:

  • Education – Did you know that in 1972 men were 13% more likely than women to go to university?  In 2023 men are 15% less likely to go to university than women

  • Employment – In the US 7 million men of prime working age are currently without employment and not seeking jobs

  • Dating - New data from the Pew Research Center has shown that 63% of men under 30 are single – up from 51% in 2019

  • Marriage - In 2021, 63.8 per cent of 30- to 34-year-old men had never been married compared with 54.2 per cent of women the same age. In 1991, just 28.1 per cent of men aged 30-34 had never been married

  • Parenting – Since 1960 the % of fatherless children has grown from 8% to 24% in 2014

  • Social - A YouGov poll in 2019 concluded that one in five men have no close friends, twice as many as women. In 2021, the Survey Center on American Life found that since 1995, the number of American men reporting that they had no close friends jumped from 3 to 15 per cent. In the same research, the number of men saying they had at least six close friends halved from 55 per cent to 27 per cent

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Graph showing children living with mother only

Source: Popenoe, David. Life Without Father (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996), 23

Graph showing growing gender gap in adults with uni degrees

% adults 25-34 with university degree

Let's work together to stop The Great Male Withdrawal

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