Synergy, Issue 3, Men's Mental Health

Synergy is published three times per year by the Diversity Health Institute. The issue selected focuses on men's mental health in Australia's diverse communities and why men are often more reluctant to access appropriate services. Features include:

  • New resource to combat stigma in CALD communities
  • Riding the system's roller coaster, A carer's perspective
  • Weighing up treatment options, A consumer's perspective
  • How do mates start a conversation about mental health?
  • Reaching out to young men
  • Do I look masculine enough?
  • Helping immigrant men prioritise their mental health
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Synergy Issue 3
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Synergy, Issue 3, 2010

Delivering Male Effective Practice in Male Mental Health

This booklet written partly by Mind UK is a set of guidelines addressing the mental health needs of men and boys with the aim of improving mental health care and services. It covers:

  • Male views and experiences
  • Male beliefs, attitudes and behaviours
  • Helping men and boys to maintain and improve mental health
  • Identifying and supporting men and boys in mental distress
  • Supporting men and boys with diagnosed mental health problems living in the community
  • Supporting male inpatients
  • Particular groups of men and boys, and particular mental health concerns
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Delivering male effective practice
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Delivering male effective practice

Untold Problems

This booklet written partly by Men's Health Forum is a review of the essential issues in the mental health of men and boys. 'It considers mental health from a male perspective, explores how good mental health can be achieved and maintained and looks at the kinds of mental health problems that men and boys experience. Looking ahead to the next step... it asks how services can most effectively respond.'

  • The "male role" in family and society
  • Men's mental health and anti-social behaviour
  • Specific groups and conditions
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Untold problems
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Untold Problems

Building Partnerships between Mental Health, Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services

This booklet published by Victoria's Mental Health Services is a report on the ‘Partnerships Project’ which was established to improve outcomes for women with a mental illness who have experienced sexual assault and/or family violence. It covers:

  • Mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault services
  • Family violence and sexual assault
  • Mental health
  • Impacts of violence and abuse
  • Diversity of women's needs and experiences
  • The value of service partnerships
  • Factors that help or hinder collaboration
  • Partnerships in practice
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Partnership Project Report
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Delivering male effective practice

Useful websites

MAP (Mood Assessment Program)

From the Black Dog Institute the mood assessment program (MAP) is a computerised assessment and diagnostic tool for mood disorders. MAP specifically, aims to:

  • Identify depressive sub-type
  • Improve detection of bipolar disorder
  • Identify vulnerable personality styles
  • Identify lifestyle and environmental factors contributing to the depressive illness
  • Provide a rational basis for development of a formulation and treatment plan

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia.


Through HealthDirect (formerly HealthInsite) you will find a wide range of up-to-date and quality assessed information on important health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma.


At Health is a leading provider of mental health information and services for mental health practitioners and those they serve. Their online community consists of psychiatrists, paediatricians, family practitioners, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counsellors, researchers, educators, school psychologists, caregivers, and others who meet the diverse needs of those with mental health concerns.

Healthy Place

Healthy Place is America's mental health channel. Providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and professional point of view.


Depressionet gives you resources to locate help and healthcare professionals as well as information about causes, symptoms and various treatment options in managing depression.


Auseinet is an Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health. Their site contains useful resources, links and fact sheets.

Men and suicide

LIFE: Living Is For Everyone

The Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities. you can download their publication here: LIFE: Living Is For Everyone, Promoting Good Practice in Suicide Prevention [PDF 2.5 MB] Strategies for men. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 2008.

Suicide Prevention Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia is a non-profit, non-government organisation working as a public health advocate in suicide prevention. SPA is the only national umbrella body active in suicide prevention throughout Australia, promoting community awareness, developing research partnerships and engaging in advocacy.


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