The challenge of getting men engaged with health programs and services is not new. One of the most commonly asked questions people ask when they start a male health program is usually 'how do you get men to come along?' These and other resources demonstrate good practices in engaging men and boys in aspects of health and wellbeing.
Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on men's mental health services in Australia
Mental health services in Australia have faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic in adopting the new changes to reach service users. The rapid changes in the situation and surge in the number of people seeking help or in crisis have led services to use many strategies which they would not have considered in normal situations. The services working with men were especially experiencing the difficulty in fulfilling the needs of their clients as the evidence shows that Australian men’s help seeking behaviour is lower than women.
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Cite the article:
Guntuku, S., Hall, N., & Poole, G. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on men's mental health services in Australia. Men's Health Journal, 4(1), e22-e22.
Compared with the general population, Australian farmers—particularly men—have been identified as at greater risk of suicide. A complex range of factors are thought to contribute to this risk, including the experience of Stigma. stigma also impacts those who have attempted suicide, their carers, and those bereaved by suicide—manifesting as shame, guilt, social isolation, concealment of death, reduced help seeking and ongoing risk of suicide. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention, tailored for the farming context, designed to reduce stigma among farming men with a lived experience of suicide.
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"When one man shares feelings and vulnerability, he opens the door for another man to walk through it with his own sharing of authentic feelings” – Ben Hughes, The Men’s Table
The Men’s Table is a preventative men’s mental health initiative that commenced in 2011 with one group of men. The experiences of this first informal group led to the development of a guide on how to form a successful group, called The Men’s Table Fundamentals.
From the beginning of 2019, when The Men’s Table was offered to men in the community, introductory sessions called Entree meetings were held to encourage more men to form or join their own local Table groups. In one year, between January and December 2019, the number of Table groups expanded from one to 15 Tables with a total of 148 members (see Appendix A for Table Locations).
The Men’s Table is rapidly developing from an informal ‘self- help’ strategy to a national network of Tables. This growth provided an opportunity to evaluate the experience of the men who are Table members, focusing on their motivation to join and the perceived impact that participation had on their lives and relationships. We also wanted to gather evidence on the effectiveness of the Table
approach by exploring how The Fundamentals were implemented in practice, how they contribute to outcomes for participants, and the extent to which the model is robust.
The outcomes of this investigation are The Men’s Table Model and an evaluation tool, establishing a foundation for the growth of the network of Tables, the ongoing fidelity of the model, and directions for future development, evaluation and research.
This paper presents The Men’s Table Model and explores the underpinning evidence. Read/Donload the document (6 MB) here.
Are You Bogged Mate? is targeted at rural men, a group nearly twice as likely to die by suicide as their urban counterparts.
The founder, plant scientist Mary O'Brien, said women left behind after a son, brother, or husband took their own lives, also needed support but often slipped through the cracks.
Ms O'Brien said country women had contacted her to share their stories and thank her for encouraging rural men to ask for help when they were mentally 'bogged'.
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"Simple measures demonstrate to clients that the service has considered their needs in structuring their services towards them..."
"Ask likely members of the group how they would like to participate and what they would like from the program..."
"Health services need to be accessible i.e. physically available, financially affordable and appropriate."
"Before I got involved with this project I just sat in all day, every day. It was depressing, but now I’ve got something to look forward to and I’ve made some good friends..."
Andrew King, Steve Sweeney and Ross Fletcher developed this checklist as a way to provide organisations with a methodology to tailor their services to better meet the needs of men.
"The 'non-deficit' approach views involvement of men in a way that expects and encourages positive results..."
"Men will engage in positive health practices if they are in an environment which supports positive health practices..."
This guide has been created to assist health services to improve their engagement with men, support policy makers and health service providers to respond more effectively to men's health needs. It can be used by small to large organisations and is intended for people involved in the management and delivery of health services and programs, health policymakers and organisations that are involved in health related work, such as local councils.