Best practice: mental health promotion
The third in the Men's Health Forum's series of 'How To…' guides, 'How To Make Mental Health Services Work For Men' pulls together in a single user-friendly booklet the findings of the first review of the literature on male mental health promotion.
Three-quarters of the people who take their own lives are men. Male mental health has become a key concern for professionals, policy-makers and academics alike. Yet surprisingly little is known about what mental health services will actually reach men and deliver effective outcomes for them.
In 2014, the Movember Foundation commissioned the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University with the support of the Men’s Health Forum to carry out a review of the academic literature relating to male mental health and a detailed examination of the practical learning from existing initiatives.
This ‘How To…’ Guide condenses the findings from that review into practical, user-friendly advice for those whose job it is to design and deliver services to meet male mental health needs.
Men are often considered ‘hard to reach’ when it comes to health. The Men’s Health Forum’s ‘How To…’ Guides give you the blueprint to change that.
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There is a limited amount of specialist literature written for a UK audience. Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing with Men and Boys: What Works? is the main source for the 'How To' guide. The other books, reports and papers, all mentioned in the guide, provide useful background.
- Prof. Steve Robertson, Prof. Alan White, Prof. Brendan Gough, Dr Mark Robinson, Dr Amanda Seims, Dr Gary Raine, and Dr Esmée Hanna: Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing with Men and Boys: What Works?, 2015. Free access: Movember Foundation and Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University websites.
- Prof. Alan White, Dr Amanda Seims and Steve Robertson: Proceedings of an expert symposium on the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys, November 6th, 2014, Leeds. 2015. Free access: The Movember Foundation in association with Leeds Beckett University and the Men’s Health Forum.
- David Wilkins: Untold Problems: A review of the essential issues in the mental health of men and boys (National Mental Health Development Unit, 2010)
- David Wilkins and Mariam Kemple: Delivering Male: Effective practice in male mental health (Men’s Health Forum and Mind, 2011)
- The Psychologist men’s mental health special issue, Being a Man - putting life before death (British Psychological Society, June 1914)
- Samaritans: Men, Suicide and Society, 2012.
- Mental Health Foundation: Grouchy Old Men, 2010.
- Mind: Get it off your chest: Men and mental health, 2009.
- David Conrad and Alan White: Promoting Men’s Mental Health (Radcliffe Publishing, 2010). Consult on Google Books.
- David Wilkins: Try To See It My Way: Improving relationship support for men (Jointly published by Relate and the Men’s Health Forum, 2013)
- Young And Well Co-operative Research Centre (Australia); Game On: Exploring the Impact of Technologies on Young Men’s Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2013.
- The website Men’s Minds Matter at www.mensmindsmatter.org, encourages professional debate about male mental health. Men’s Minds Matter ‘aims to bring awareness to the experience of being male while developing ways of helping and supporting men and boys in the UK.’
Titles in the 'How To…' series so far
- How To Make Weight-Loss Services Work For Men
- How To Engage Men in Self-Management Support
- How to Make Mental Health Services Work For Men
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How To Make Mental Health Services Work For Men was funded by the Movember Foundation.
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.
In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.
It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.
We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.