We are delighted to announce that Professor Marvin Westwood from the University of British Columbia will be a returning keynote speaker at the 2017 Annual Male Psychology Conference. Professor Westwood is considered one of the leading experts when it comes to therapy for PTSD veterans.
John Barry and Martin Seager gave a fascinating talk at University College London about Male Suicide. Their talk included both reasons for the high suicide rates among men as well as suggestions on how to reach more men. The full presentation is available as a pdf here.
The initiative from Mental Health First Aid England (MHFAE) for World Mental Health Day entitled “Take 10 together” is very welcome overall. However, beneath this simple advice about how to converse with and support each other to improve emotional and mental well-being lurk false assumptions that we are all the same in this respect and that we all benefit from the same modes of communication.
With your help we have exceeded our quota of 500 votes! Many thanks to everyone who voted for the Male Psychology Section of the BPS, and especially those who also let their colleagues and peers know about the vote. What you have done is a really important step towards dealing with issues like suicide more effectively. But we still have one further step before the Section officially comes into being.
Once the BPS have ratified our vote in November, they will initiate a further ballot on the new Section. This means that at some point in the new year all BPS members will be sent a voting slip asking them whether they support the creation of the Male Psychology Section. You should return your ballot paper to the BPS in their envelope, and fingers crossed we will have good news at the BPS AGM around Easter 2017.
Thanks once again everyone. Just one more tick in a box and we are there.