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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.

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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