Dr. Sarah McKenzie
Dr. Sarah McKenzie holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Univeristy of Otago and a Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her postdoctoral research seeks to understand (a) how gender influences men’s experiences of mental illness-related stigma; and (b) how the New Zealand media portrays men’s mental health and illness. Her Marsden research combines visual methods with mental health geography to provide insights into how particular gendered spaces and places in New Zealand may help or hinder the ways in which young suicidal men cope when going through crisis. The aim of her research is to contribute to improved guidance around whether targeted gender-specific prevention efforts are needed to address the high rates of suicide among New Zealand men.