Beyond gender stereotypes, there is good scientific evidence that men and women really are different – in body and in mind. How does this affect how we interact and how we care for those with mental health problems?
Starting with gender selection in the womb, this session traces the origins of our sex differences, into adult life, whilst offering explanations for some of the observations. Are men more suited to working as mechanics or surgeons? Why is marriage better for men’s mental health but worse for women? Taking depression as an exemplar of mental health, we explore why women are affected twice as often as men. Is it true that women are more likely to seek help and respond better to treatments?
This talk combines humour with biology and psychology with psychiatry. We will debunk and confirm stereotypes as we embark on a whirlwind tour of genetics, childhood development, personality, and the politics of effective communication in our relationships.
Dr Paul Blenkiron
Paul Blenkiron was voted ‘Psychiatric Communicator of the Year’ at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards in 2016, for his media and public engagement work towards the greater understanding of mental health. He is a consultant psychiatrist in York, Associate Clinical Director for Research in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. and an Honorary Reader at the Hull York Medical School. He has a special interest in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies. In 20011, Paul was awarded a Fellowship by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), helping to implement several mental health guidelines in the UK. He is also Public Engagement Officer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and since 2014 has acted as an advisor to the Reading Well National Books on Prescription Scheme for England which has now helped half a million people. He has authored or co-written over a hundred publications, including the books CBT For Occupational Stress in Health Professionals (Brunner- Routledge, 2006), Stories and Analogies in CBT (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, now translated into Chinese) and The Female Mind: A Users’ Guide (RCPsych Publications, 2017).