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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


31 Total Rating(s)
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Shamiso Dzinavatonga
31 Mar 2020

Well presented

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Tallen Brown
26 Mar 2020

An interesting examination worthy of view and consideration.

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James McArthur
18 Mar 2020

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Colin Gardiner
07 Mar 2020

Well presented and an important topic

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Catherine Hill
27 Feb 2020

This was a good overview of mens mental health

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Andrew Markula
11 Feb 2020

Food for thought.

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Haiyan Wu
02 Feb 2020

Very informative, as a RN who used to has a stereotype of male and female, I gained new knowledge and I will put this knowledge into my practice.

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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