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Resources For Men and Mental Health

Helping men to manage their mental health in an effective way requires some specific knowledge of how to engage with men in a non-threatening and positive manner. These programs and resources provide some examples of ways to become more effective in meeting the mental health needs of men and boys within programs and services contexts.

Dual Diagnosis: Alcoholism & Depression

The Relationship Between Abuse & Depression

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is prevalent throughout the United States — in fact, approximately 14.4 million American adults suffered from this condition in 2018.1 Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to serious physical and mental health problems, particularly depression.

Alcohol abuse may exacerbate symptoms of depression, and depressive symptoms may aggravate alcohol abuse — leading to a vicious cycle that can be difficult to break. If you struggle with either of these conditions, help is available through residential treatment, medication, therapy, and other forms of care specially designed for co-occurring AUD and depression. Read the full text here.

Ask for Help: 

Alcohol and Drug Foundation1300 858 584 

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Men might be more are at risk of suicide after separation.

Why Might Men Be More at Risk of Suicide After a Relationship Breakdown? Sociological Insights (Scourfield and Rhinnon, 2015)
Relationship breakdown constitutes a major risk factor for suicide ideation and completion. Although no definitive conclusion can be reached about a gender differential in susceptibility to this factor, several studies have identified that there is an elevated risk factor in men following divorce and separation. This article presents an overview of sociological explanations that may be employed to understand this phenomenon. There is discussion of the changing nature of intimacy, men's loss of honor, marriage as a more positive experience for men than for women, control in relationships, the increasing importance of the care of children for men, and men's social networks. The article concludes with possible implications for policy and practice. View full text here.
Reference: Scourfield, J., & Evans, R. (2015). Why Might Men Be More at Risk of Suicide After a Relationship Breakdown? Sociological Insights. American journal of men's health9(5), 380–384.

Emergency Contcat & Crisis support
If someone’s life is in danger or there is an immediate risk of harm, call 000.
Suicide Call Back Service: 
Call 1300 659 467

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Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviours for Male Students

Improving Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviours for Male Students: A Framework for Developing a Complex Intervention - by Ilyas Sagar-Ouriaghli et al.,

Men are less likely to seek help for mental health difficulties and this process is often used to help explain the disproportionally higher suicide rates compared to women. Furthermore, university students are often regarded as a vulnerable population group with a lower propensity to seek help. Thus, male students are a very high-risk group that is even more reluctant to seek help for mental health difficulties, placing them at high risk of suicide. Often, student mental health problems are highlighted in the media, but very few evidence-based solutions specifically designed for male students exist. The current paper seeks to provide a comprehensive framework about how to better design mental health interventions that seek to improve male students’ willingness to access psychological support. Read the full article here. 

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World Mental Health Day - 2019

1 IN 5 AUSTRALIANS ARE AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS, YET MANY DON’T SEEK HELP BECAUSE OF STIGMA.

WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING TO HELP SHED A MORE POSITIVE LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH.

According to the last National Survey of mental health and wellbeing:

  • Men are more than twice as likely as women to have experienced substance use disorders (7.0% compared with 3.3%)
  • Men are more likely to experience mental disorders in all three categories (e.g. having anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse) than women (0.8% compared with 0.6%)

What do these statistics tell you about men’s mental health? It is time for us to re-think our fundamental approach to the tragedy of suicide, and to pursue a bold and determined new course of action. The "situational approach to suicide prevention" is exactly that. 

Australian Men's Health Forum has come up with 10 conversation topics to help get people talking about men’s mental health.They open with a statement or question about men’s health, with some background information to help you take the conversation a little deeper. Read more here

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We Need New Ways of Treating Depression

Experts are now looking to the social and environmental causes of the disorder affecting millions.

As the 21st century was beginning, a South African psychiatrist named Derek Summerfield happened to be in Cambodia conducting some research on the psychological effects of unexploded land mines — at a time when chemical antidepressants were first being marketed in the country. Read more 

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Radio National: Fran Kelly on support for veterans Podcast

Radio National: Fran Kelly on support for veterans Podcast: 

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Why this landmark inquiry into mental health will be different

As the federal election bandwagon thrusts into full gear, please take heart that – behind the scenes and in a very quiet fashion – the diligent and painstaking work of improving public policies is still under way.

Fresh from eviscerating the superannuation industry for ripping off savers, the federal government’s chief independent economic advisers at the Productivity Commission have begun work on their next landmark inquiry, into the economic and social costs of mental illness.

Read more : https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/why-this-landmark-inquiry-into-mental-health-will-be-different-20190123-p50t6i.html

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COPMI: Family Focus Intervention For Depression

COPMI COPMI has developed this powerful resource on the Family Focus intervention program for guiding families through depression, anxiety and mental illness. Please note that the program requires specific training in order to obtain resources.

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MHIRC: Resource Kit 4: Practitioners’ Guide to Men and Mental Health

mhirc kit4 This guide takes a mental health promotion, population health and systems approach to men’s mental health. Mental health promotion seeks to positively influence determinants of mental health through effective interventions.

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Men's Health Forum UK: Delivering Effective Practice In Male Mental Health

Delivering Male 1 Delivering Male was commissioned by the National Mental Health Development Unit, and written and published as a partnership between the Men’s Health Forum and Mind.

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