Men’s Mental Health: A Silent Crisis.
Some scholars have argued that there is a silence crisis of men’s mental health. This is based on research indicating that (i) suicide rates among men are very high, with over 75% of suicides made by men; (ii) over 1 million Canadian men suffer from substance abuse, leading to wasted and thwarted lives; (iii) diagnosis of ADHD, and subsequent use of Ritalin, is very high among young boys; (iv) men under-utilize mental health services, preferring to avoid official services; (v) there is a lack of gender specific services for men, addressing their unique mental health needs. In this talk, Whitley will explore these issued in more depth, examining trends as well as underlying causes.
Rob Whitley is the Principal Investigator of the Social Psychiatry Research and Interest Group (SPRING) at the Douglas Hospital Research Center. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He has published over 100 papers in the field of social psychiatry and currently leads numerous projects investigating social factors and mental illness.