With increasing awareness of the importance of good mental health worldwide, attention has focused on the need to overcome the negative perceptions and stigma historically attached to mental health issues. One group that this difficulty has been particularly visible for is men; it is well-established that significantly fewer men are diagnosed with or treated for mental health disorders compared to women, with suicide rates being three times higher in some countries in men than women.
Why this crisis in men’s mental health exists is a question with complex answers. It requires a better understanding of how men interact with those around them, why they do (or don’t) access support, as well as other social and cultural factors that influence their health seeking behaviours.
Much research has focused on the concept of “masculinity” and the need to question its impact on capacity for emotional communication, service engagement and help-seeking behaviour.
Watch the recording of the World Health Organization (WHO) seminar, which took place in Copenhagen, on this complex topic.