Journal article

Using a television documentary to prevent suicide in men and boys

Marisa Schlichthorst, Kylie King, Matthew Spittal, Lennart Reifels, Andrea Phelps, Jane Pirkis

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether a documentary about masculinity and suicidality ( Man Up) could raise males' awareness of societal pressures to conform to masculine norms and influence their likelihood of connecting with their male friends and seeking help. METHODS: We conducted a repeat cross-sectional survey, posting versions of the survey online before and after Man Up was screened. RESULTS: 1287 male respondents completed the survey; 476 completed the pre-screening survey, 811 the post-screening survey (192 had not viewed Man Up, 619 had). Those who had viewed Man Up were more likely to desire closer relationships with their male friends than those who had not, and had greater awaren..

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