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Improving the Mental Health of Men and Boys
Rob Whitley, Ph.D.
More and more research studies are examining the relationship between prayer, healing, and mental health. What are their key findings?
Surveys indicate that men are victims of intimate partner violence at equal rates as women. However, there are few services or supports for these victimized men.
Traditional folklore has long posited a link between outdoor activities and mental health. But is this supported by scientific evidence?
Mounting evidence suggests that a range of social factors, including relationship breakdown and workplace stress, are linked to increased risk of suicide in men.
A series of research studies examined media coverage of Robin Williams' suicide and subsequent suicide mortality in the U.S and Canada. What did they find?
Mental illness has long been attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain. But research suggests that an imbalance of gut microorganisms may play a causal role.
Many people are telling men to talk more about their mental health, while others are saying men need to check their privilege and shut up. This puts men in a lose-lose situation.
When did you last read a book? Much research has examined the impact of book-reading on mental health—with surprising conclusions.
People with lived experience of mental illness are "experts by experience," and this expertise can be harnessed to improve community mental health.
The rise in DNA ancestry testing means more people are learning shocking truths about who is and is not a blood relation. The results can harm mental health.
The new APA guidelines are a wasted opportunity to address the men's mental health crisis. In fact, they could even make things worse.
President Trump recently tweeted about "Trump Derangement Syndrome." What is this supposed condition—and is it real?
New research has compared the mental health of religious people, atheists, agnostics, non-affiliated and the 'spiritual but not religious', leading to some surprising findings.
Dating apps are now an entrenched part of the social landscape, but some research indicates they may be having a detrimental impact on users' mental health.
Can citizen journalism reduce the harmful stigmas and erroneous stereotypes associated with mental illness?
Professors often feel ill-equipped to help students with mental illness. These five simple measures may have a real impact on struggling students.
It has been argued that there is a silent crisis of men's mental health issues on campus. What can be done to help male students and address this crisis?
Recovery Colleges can provide skills, education and opportunity for people with mental illness. All this can foster recovery and social inclusion.
What are the root causes of men's mental health woes? Is it male stubbornness and reticence to talk? Or is it a toxic social environment and an unresponsive mental health system?
Recovery from mental illness can be fostered by self-initiated and clinician-initiated activities. These five factors may hold the key to recovery progress.
People with mental illness are producing gritty and poignant films that could help diminish stigma.
Should we routinely default to psychiatric language when explaining complex human behaviors such as mass killings? Or is there still space for moral and sociological explanations?
Research indicates that resilience is not a fixed attribute, but can be cultivated through simple self-initiated activities.
Evidence suggests that certain self-initiated activities can be very beneficial for mental health. A new year resolution based on one of these activities may be a life-changer.
A growing body of research indicates that religious belief and practice can promote good mental health, as well as foster recovery from mental illness.
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.
New research shows a sharp increase in premature death rates among rural less educated whites; mainly due to suicide, overdose, and substance abuse. What are the underlying causes?
Researchers interviewed a range of people with mental illnesses to learn more about their dating and romantic experience. Findings were surprising, poignant and insightful.
Four reasons why the petition calling President Trump mentally ill is deeply troubling.
New research indicates that we are becoming more and more individualistic. Is this having a negative effect on our mental health?
Rob Whitley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University and a research scientist at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.