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Male Suicide: Why is the suicide rate so high for men and what can we do ab...
Sat 19 November 2016, 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
Martin Seager CPsychol AFBPsS and Dr John Barry CPsychol AFBPsS
Saturday 19 November 2016 10:00 – 16:00
Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED
Workshop cost: £110/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early-bird discount of 15% available until 4 September 2016
Find out why suicide is more prevalent in men and to learn how you can make your therapy more male-friendly.
The workshop aims both to explain the predominance of suicides amongst the male gender and also connect this with the relative lack of research and curiosity even amongst psychologists on this and other male-gender related topics. Recent research is used to support theories relating to ancient gender scripts which place particular pressures on men (and women) to think and act in certain ways and which also make suicide more likely in men. Innovative ways of reaching men at risk in more gender-specific ways both in the NHS and the voluntary sector will be outlined. Directions for future research and service development will be discussed. The audience will be welcome to participate in sharing ideas as the workshop proceeds.
Suitable for all, but particularly those with responsibility for working with psychological services.
Learning outcomes and objectives
• To reflect on male gender blindness and the reasons for it
• To think of innovative ways of reaching men and boys who may be at risk
• To develop new thinking in the design of psychological and other services in gender-specific ways for men
• To learn about gender differences in communication and therapy work in particular
• To develop ideas for the future about increasing research and practice in this area
Martin is a consultant clinical psychologist and an adult psychotherapist. He is a clinician, lecturer, campaigner, broadcaster and activist on mental health issues. He has been an honorary consultant psychologist with the Central London Samaritans since 2006 and is also a member of the Mental Health Advisory Board of the College of Medicine. He did a regular slot on mental health for BBC Essex Radio (2003-2007) and BBC Radio Five Live (2007-2009). He set up an advisory group for the last Labour government on mental health issues. He has been an honorary lecturer in psychological therapies at UEL, UCL and Essex University/Tavistock Clinic and has also presented at many international, national and regional conferences on a variety of themes relating to mental health and psychological well-being.
Dr John Barry
John practiced clinical hypnosis in London from 1999 to 2010. After completing his psychology PhD in 2011 at City University London, he joined University College London’s Institute for Women’s Health at the UCL Medical School, based at the Royal Free London Hospital, London, England. Since 2010 has published over 40 papers in various peer-reviewed journals, including in international-standard journals in gynaecology, cardiology and ophthalmology. Prompted by the considerable suicide rates among men and the establishment’s inertia in dealing with men’s mental health problems, in 2011 John initiated a research programme investigating the mental health needs of men and boys. John specialises in research methods (especially surveys and questionnaire development) and statistical analysis (e.g. meta-analysis, meta-regression), currently practices clinical hypnosis on a part-time basis and is an honoroary lecturer with the Dept of Psychology, University College London. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website http://www.malepsychology.org.uk/