Reframing masculinity: Connecting men to mental health supports that work

Dr. John Oliffe, founder and lead researcher of the Men's Health Research Program, calls the stigma around mental health issues for men a "silent epidemic."

This article was originally published on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.

It has been called a silent epidemic.

Men who are suffering from depression get diagnosed at half the rate of women, yet they are three to four times more likely to die by suicide. Globally, men account for 69% of all suicides – and in Canada, they account for about 80% – and many are without the support and treatment they need.

“Depression and anxiety are wrapped up in a lot of stigma, which can deter men from opening up about the challenges they’re facing and asking for help,” said Dr. John Oliffe, the founder and lead researcher of the Men’s Health Research Program at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Oliffe is working to change that. By collaborating with international researchers, clinicians, and community groups, Dr. Oliffe and his team are exploring how masculinities influence men’s health so they can develop practical, web-based tools and resources to help men get the mental health care they need.

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