Men’s Mental Health Week: Teenage Boy’s Mental Health

Adolescence is a critical period of development, marked by physical, emotional, and social changes. It is a time where young people are figuring out who they are and the kind of person they want to be, whilst also becoming aware of the wider context outside of their own world. 

We all know that there are a lot of difficult, scary and frustrating things happening in the world right now, but we, as adults, have more cognitive abilities to process these things. Imagine trying to navigate the challenges of 2024 whilst being a teenager!

The Hidden Struggles

Feelings associated with depression and anxiety often begin before adolescence, especially in boys. However, boys may not always recognise these emotions and, unfortunately, will often be seen as ‘angry’ or ‘naughty’.

As adolescents mature, their awareness of emotions increases. They become more independent and social. During this developmental stage, they grapple with insecurities, guilt, and the challenges of fitting in with peer groups. This can be particularly difficult for boys who are struggling with their mental health due to the societal stigma. There are lots of fantastic campaigns out there to help break down this barrier such as the clothing brand Boys Get Sad Too Official Store | Awareness Brand for Male Mental Health Issues, the support network Mentell – Men, is it time to talk? and Childline’s campaign We All Feel It | Childline. 

Recognising Symptoms

Behavioural Signs: Unlike girls, who may turn inward, research suggests that boys often express their distress outwardly. Watch for behavioural changes such as anger, irritability, or aggression.

Atypical Presentations: Depression in boys may not always appear as a persistent low mood. Instead, it might manifest as intense anger. Anxiety may not resemble panic; it could show up as procrastination or perfectionism.

What Can Parents and Caregivers Do?

Open Communication: Create a safe space for your child to express their feelings. Encourage open conversations about mental health without judgment.

Normalise Seeking Help: Teach boys that seeking professional support is a sign of strength, not weakness. Normalise therapy and counselling.

Educate: Educate boys about mental health, its importance, and available resources. Let them know they’re not alone.

Model emotional regulation: Talk about your own mental health and how you manage it.


If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, please contact our specialist team of expert therapists, counsellors and psychiatrists. We can often help when others can’t and are here to help you.