This article describes the experiences of men living in deep poverty regarding their decision not to seek out health and social services in moments of crisis, even when they recognized needing help. It presents results from a qualitative research project done in collaboration with a community center in a disadvantaged neighborhood of Montreal, Canada. It was designed to increase understanding of men's experiences of poverty and the role played by health and social services in their lives. Data were collected through 80 days of participant observation, 22 semi-directed interviews, and six group discussions with men living in poverty. The results show that these men are reluctant to use health and social services for three main reasons: 1) the nature of their problems; 2) their difficulty in seeking help; 3) the nature of services offered. The paper concludes with implications of the findings for future research and interventions.


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