When men struggle with mental health, and women don't know what to do

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Tue 11 September 2018

14 mins

When it comes to mental health, generally speaking, men find it more difficult to ask for help. Some find it difficult to recognise they need it. Undiagnosed mental illness in a family can affect everyone.

So what do you do when you love someone and they’re struggling?

Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko is a GP from Bondi Road Doctors. She takes us through how unaddressed mental health problems can effect a family and the options available to partners looking for a way forward.

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