A welcome and important contribution to a thankfully growing debate. Mental illness remains in some ways the last great taboo in our society, a taboo which leads directly to stigma and discrimination which for some can be even worse than the symptoms of their illness. This book in part is about encouraging men who have reached crisis point to seek help. Equally it's about prevention, and sets out some of the excellent work being done on that. I hope it can inspire practitioners and policy makers to initiate similar interventions, develop new ones and lift the promotion of men's mental health much higher up the agenda, both in the UK and abroad.A" - From the Foreword by Alastair Campbell Men - in all their diverse groups, settings, lifestyles and stages of life - can face considerable challenges to their mental wellbeing from specific cultural and societal factors, causing difficulties for themselves and those who live and work with them. In addition, these men may respond better to certain approaches and treatment. Promoting Men's Mental Health outlines the breadth of the challenges and provides guidance for those working in primary care on targeting and helping men who need support. Good mental health is more than the absence of mental illness, and this book therefore highlights methods to promote positive mental health by increasing psychological wellbeing, competency and coping skills, and by creating supportive living and working environments The book highlights examples of best practice throughout the UK, Europe and America, and will be essential reading for primary care and mental health professionals, and all those with an interest in men's mental health. 'We need to be more innovative in the way we try to reach men. This book will help stimulate further discussion and hopefully encourage men to seek help or support.' From the Foreword by Louis Appleby

chapter 1|6 pages


ByAlan White

chapter 2|11 pages

On the edge? An introduction to men’s mental health

ByPeter Branney

chapter 3|8 pages

Cultural representations of masculinity and mental health

ByDavid Conrad

chapter 4|13 pages

Social capital and men’s mental health

ByDavid Conrad

chapter 5|18 pages

Urban distress and the mental health of men

ByApril M.W. Young

chapter 6|17 pages

Rural men’s mental health

BySteve Robertson

chapter 7|9 pages

Fatherhood and mental health difficulties in the postnatal period

BySvend Aage Madsen, Adrienne Burgess

chapter 8|13 pages

Marketing masculinities: a social marketing approach to promoting men’s mental health

ByPaul Hopkins, Jeremy Voaden

chapter 9|10 pages

Men and suicide

ByPete Sayers

chapter 10|5 pages

Men Bereaved Through Suicide

ByMike Bush

chapter 11|14 pages

Grumpy Old Men? Older men’s mental health and emotional well-being

ByToby Williamson

chapter 12|17 pages

Combat-related Stress

ByWalter Busuttil

chapter 13|8 pages

Anger management and violence prevention with men

BySue, Pete Dominey

chapter 14|10 pages

Tackling stress in the workplace

ByAndrew Kinder, Steve Boorman

chapter 15|10 pages

Gay men’s mental health

ByJustin Varney

chapter 16|7 pages

Delivering healthy sexuality programmes for young men

ByTricia Dressel

chapter 17|10 pages

Working with dads and lads

ByDennis Jones

chapter 18|8 pages

Tackling racial and cultural bullying in schools

ByMerv Pemberton

chapter 19|9 pages

Working with prisoners and young offenders

ByJames Woodall

chapter 20|8 pages

Service provision for homeless men

ByJo McCullagh

chapter 21|7 pages

Working with drug users

ByBarry Langham, Nick Davy

chapter 22|11 pages

The mental health of men with cancer

ByMartin Neal, David Conrad

chapter 23|11 pages

Running a counselling service for men

ByChristian Scambor

chapter 24|6 pages

Using helplines and the internet

ByStephen Anderson

chapter 26|11 pages


ByAlan White, David Conrad