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Global Health Histories Seminar 131: 'Man Up’: Masculinities and mental health seeking behaviors

Tuesday 3 September 2019, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Brendan Gough (Professor of Social Psychology, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom); and Isabel Yordi Aguirre (Programme Manager, Gender and Human Rights, WHO/Europe).

The webinar will be live streamed at: 13.00–14.00 CEST (12.00- 13.00 BST)

Live webcast/further information link: http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/events/events/2019/09/culture-and-health-webinar-series-2019-man-up-masculinities-and-mental-health-help-seeking-behaviours

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. The ways gender is connected to mental health in a variety of ways has also emerged as important. For example, it is well-established that significantly fewer men are diagnosed with or treated for mental health disorders, with suicide rates being 3 times higher in some countries in men than women. Men's mental health also has a variety of impacts on women, such as those related to care giving. 

Masculinities, socially constructed ideas of what it is to be a man, are described as barriers to men seeking mental health support. Understanding men's mental health requires a better understanding of how masculinites are constructed and change, why men do (or don’t) access support, as well as other social and cultural factors that influence mental health help-seeking behaviors. 

This webinar raises awareness of these complex topics in advance of the publication of an upcoming WHO health evidence synthesis report on masculinities and mental health. What does it mean to be a man in different contexts across the world? How do masculinities affect men’s mental health? How can a deeper understanding of the cultural factors shaping masculinities help make access to mental health services easier? The webinar panel will include Brendan Gough (Professor of Social Psychology, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom); and Isabel Yordi Aguirre (Programme Manager, Gender and Human Rights, WHO/Europe).

Online audiences can interact and ask questions by going to www.sli.do and entering the event code #whoch

Location: UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark

Admission: Broadcast live online. See www.euro.who.int/en/cultureandhealth