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Lecture Overview

'Man-up'... 'don't be a girl'... 'boys don't cry'... Men have traditionally faced pressure from all angles of society to be the 'strong ones', but they can only take so much. This session discusses why some healthcare professionals are advocating a gendered approach to treatment, why men are less likely to seek mental health services and how masculine stereotypes play a part in men's mental health.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


21 Total Rating(s)
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nina elliott-bullen
22 Jan 2020

Fantastic video - something all men should watch.

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Michael Howard
18 Jan 2020

very interesting and informative

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Jo Park
17 Jan 2020

Really interesting

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Alan Gardiner
11 Jan 2020

This course reinforced and reminded me that not managing your feelings is necessarily a deliberate act but more likely to be at least partially prescribed by cultural factors.

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Anna Rossetto-Vane
09 Jan 2020


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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
08 Jan 2020

Excellent Information around Men's frailties

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Sharon Hillard
01 Jan 2020


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Catherine Papadopoulos
27 Dec 2019

Interesting points regarding mens mental health

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Donna Sebille
23 Dec 2019

interesting lecture, food for thought.

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David Brannigan
21 Dec 2019

Whilst I didn't agree with everything that was said, there are some very good points.