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Men and Emotional Wellbeing A Psychologist’s View. Dr Ewan Gillon Senior Lecturer - Glasgow Caledonian University Director - Therapy for Men/Edinburgh Psychology Centre. 10 key tasks for change. Masculinity

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men and emotional wellbeing a psychologist s view

Men and Emotional Wellbeing A Psychologist’s View

Dr Ewan Gillon

Senior Lecturer - Glasgow Caledonian University

Director - Therapy for Men/Edinburgh Psychology Centre

10 key tasks for change
10 key tasks for change

Masculinity

1. De-humanising male socialisation and gender role expectations require respectful but critical challenge

2. Masculinity must be presented as multi-dimensional, not in oppositional terms to femininity

3. Seeking help re-formulated in range of ‘masculine’ terms

10 key tasks cont
10 key tasks (cont.)

Men’s emotional health

4. Male specific definitions and conceptualisations of emotional distress must be further developed and promoted

5. Psychological trauma (arising from male socialisation/practices) must be recognised as an underlying factor in many men’s experiencing/behaviour

10 key tasks cont1
10 key tasks (cont.)

Helping men

6. Male specific protocols and therapeutic approaches require further elaboration and development

7. Alexithemia (lack of accurate connection to emotional experiencing) must be recognised as a common and significant difficulty for men in engaging with psychological help

8. Feminised terms, concepts and structures of mental health provision must change

10 key tasks cont2
10 key tasks (cont.)

Training

9. Training for mental health workers (particularly in relationship-based roles) must be made more accessible to men.

10.Working with men and masculinity must be embedded in all mental health trainings.