General News Research — 23 July 2013
Young men in crisis: Mental health study

Young Australian men are in crisis, with half feeling stressed and nearly one in 10 having thoughts about suicide, according to new research.

The research, which explores the impact of technology on mental health and wellbeing, shows distressed 16-to-25-year-old men are likely to find health information on the internet as many listen to music and play games online.

The results suggest the current mental health system is failing young men, say the organisers. They believe improved mental health will reduce the number of suicides, vehicle accidents and fights, which are the biggest killers of young men in Australia.

“For the last 20 years we have known our young men are not faring well,” says Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre CEO Associate Professor Jane Burns, whose organisation partnered with Movember and beyondblue for the study.

“Technology presents our best prospect yet,” she says. “We must partner with young men to create services that are more relevant to them.” The research shows distressed young men are likely to use the internet late at night.

“We must make sure we provide the right type of service at the right time, and that includes being available after 11 o’clock at night.”

“There is a real sense of young men having to go through a rite of passage and they will eventually grow out of it.

“But there is a group who end up being the drug, accident and suicide statistics that we are nervous and concerned about.

“There are also those whose issues are never addressed, who end up having issues with drugs and alcohol in their 40s, and who end up being suicide stats in our older generation.

“Let’s work out what we need to do to ensure that when young men are in distress they know how to get support.

“That might not be going to speak to a professional. That may be getting support in an online space they are comfortable with.” Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell says the research provides invaluable insight into the online habits of young men, particularly those who need support.

“This will pave the way for better engagement with at-risk young men.”

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

 

As first apeared on ninemsn.com, 21 July 2013

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  1. I am hoping there will be touched on the great differential treatment that is creating the Male Crisis in the first place. This begins as early as one year of age and is increased in differential severity over time. We must understand how our average stress is made up “more correctly” as real layers of mental work our minds are dealing with that take up real mental energy. This then shows how our individual environments and also differential treatment begin to take its toll on persons from an early age onward. The more aggression given little boys creates higher average layers of mental frictions that hurt more so thinking, learning, motivation to learn (mental reward received for mental work expended), and also mental/emotional health. It creates higher muscle tension that creates a tighter grip/more pressure on pencils/pens that hurts writing/motivation to write. This extra aggression also creates more activity for stress relief (not natural). This extra aggression also creates more social/emotional distance from parents, peers, teachers, others with much less if any caring mental/emotional/social support, knowledge and skills for fear of coddling. This creates a disaster for reading with the combination of high average stress and low social vocabulary. You need lower average stress to perform the abstract skill of reading (requiring more mental energy to decode, visualize, comprehend, and enjoy the process). You also need high social vocabulary to reach into to discover new words in print. This aggressive, less kind treatment also creates much lag in mental/emotional/social communication and trust of others including teachers, others. The false teaching of trying hard also handicaps boys as their higher average stress also feeds off into improper pace and intensity in approaching new mental work such as academics. The added problem of assigning for boys, love, honor respect based on some achievement then leaves many boys seeking tid bits of love, honor through sports and video games, thus carrying them further away from academics.
    The learning theory on site show how layers of mental frictions can be more permanently reduced to continually improve thinking, learning, motivation and reduce psychological that is creating many harmful escapes and deaths each year from suicide. Also the dynamics of pace and intensity can also be used as a wonderful tool to help students at very young ages improve learning and motivation to learn. We must move away from the false genetic models that are leaving us without tools to help Males and others improve their lives. The learning theory will provide tools to help improve lives everywhere and even for adults.

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