New Study: Men Building Better Relationships

The Men’s Health Research program is currently recruiting participants for a new study about supporting men who have experienced or are experiencing relationship breakdown (i.e., divorce, separation or break up).

Male-type depression symptoms and prostate cancer

What does depression look like? Search the internet and the most common picture is that of someone with their head in their hands - looking distressed, tired, sad, or even crying. But depression in men may look very different from these more stereo-typed images.

Dig a little deeper: The emergence of Internet Gaming Disorder

Over 20 million people worldwide play massive multiplayer virtual games, like League of Legends and World of Warcraft. And with numbers increasing annually, there is growing concern that gaming may evolve into a behavioural addiction known as Internet Gaming Disorder, or IGD.

A warm welcome to MHR’s new postdoctoral fellow

Bringing with her a wealth of research experience and passion for working with marginalized populations to improve health outcomes, Francine Darroch, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, joined the MHR team this May.

Handsome Health: Good looking health for men

Pulling from her extensive broadcasting and journalistic background, Sacco has combined her love of writing with her nursing expertise to create a blog she hopes will help men to think and talk about their health.

Starting the conversation: The ethics of photovoice

In recent years, photovoice has grown in popularity among qualitative researchers. This research method uses an arts-based approach where members of the community share their health-related experiences through photographs and narratives.

New dads at risk for postpartum depression

A new scoping review out of MHR looks at the current mental health literature on paternal PPD experiences to help understand the needs of first-time fathers.

Discussing the state of Irish men’s health

In Ireland, men die, on average, five years earlier than women. They are also at higher risk for all leading causes of death and are more likely to die by suicide. In 2009, Ireland took a step to improve the health of men and became the first country to adopt a men’s health policy nationally.

For men’s depression treatment one size does not fit all

Stoic. Strong. Sturdy. Self-reliant. These words paint a picture of what it means to “be a man.” They mean men are independent, resilient problem solvers. But these same words make it difficult for men to seek help and remain engaged in health services long-term.

MHR Researchers and staff awarded Movember funding

Researchers and staff members from the Men’s Health Research program (MHR) at the University of British Columbia were recognized in Movember’s latest funding announcement.

Peer-led programs help men quit smoking

Quitting smoking is hard. In many cases a person will attempt to quit 30 or more times before finally kicking the habit. And even when someone decides they want to quit, the likelihood of succeeding during any given attempt is quite low.

Summary of 2016 Harmonization Communications

A summary of all Harmonization communications in 2016 is now available. The ultimate goal of the Harmonization project is to deepen our understanding of collaborative processes and identify those things needed for highly effective collaborative projects.

What do men want from health programs?

In Ireland, increasing rates of unemployment, social isolation, and a historic reluctance to seek out health services, leaves many men vulnerable to poor mental health, depression and suicide.

There's an app for that

Technology plays an important role in health care – new developments help break down barriers and help people overcome challenges in treatment and access to care.

Listening to the Silence

New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the OECD, with young men having the highest suicide rate, and men being more than two times more likely to die by suicide than women.

Men find their place at the Men's Sheds

John Evoy knows what it’s like to feel isolated. During his late 20s he spent most of his time alone – living and working on a farm with his grandmother. He wasn’t diagnosed with depression, but he knew something wasn’t right.

Lead by Example

It started out as a way to turn his terrible experiences into something positive for others. In the wake of a suicide attempt that followed months of unrelenting depression, twenty-two year old Joshua R. Beharry was determined to extend his recovery efforts.

Emotional Tools for Men Facing Prostate Cancer

Depression compounds the brutal reality of a prostate cancer diagnosis. The Men’s Transition Program gives men new tools to face all that life can throw at them.

Northern DUDES know humour is good medicine

The Vancouver DUDES Club has been active since 2010. It began as an initiative to promote health awareness among Aboriginal men of the Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. With so few programs tailored to men’s needs, it has expanded to respond to the demand from many men in the community.

Trying to make sense of suicide

Adam grew up in a small town in Southern Ontario. Shy and quiet himself, he always looked up to his closest friend Elliot, the confident and assured captain of the hockey team.

Reclaiming His Life

Like many men involved the DUDES Club extension project, Richard’s life has been shaped by homelessness, poverty, injection drug use, and increasingly worse health. Richard has considered the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver his home since he first came here at age twelve.

Out of Isolation

Ron, a retired musician, had never even heard of a men’s shed. He just figured that he could share how bewildering it had been for him to find opportunities in his community to connect with other guys and participate in meaningful activities.

Positive Ripple Effects

This email was written by a participant in the Men’s Transition Program, optimized for men with prostate cancer diagnoses, to a friend who had moved overseas.

It Affects us All

Emma’s brother Eli, a star athlete and popular student, died by suicide a few weeks after his 17th birthday. It was only through his suicide note, in which he spoke of his persistent sadness, that his family understood that he had been in pain.

Survey on Canadian Men and Suicide

A national survey has found that almost one quarter of Canadian men surveyed have considered or attempted suicide, and almost half of them have a close male family member or friend diagnosed or treated for depression.

The Next Generation in Men's Consulting

A scotch and cigar wouldn’t seem out of place among the dark leather chairs and warm brick and deep orange walls of the office overlooking Granville Street. With its base in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s business district, Thrive Consulting is serious about reaching men.