gender, help seeking, masculinity, mental health, social work
Substantial attention is paid to the mental health needs of women and children by social work researchers, educators, and practitioners—and with good reason, as these are two vulnerable populations in U.S. society. However, the status of men's mental health; its resulting effect on individuals, families, and communities; and the various challenges associated with it are often overlooked by social workers. The authors document the prevalence of common mental health issues among men in the United States, the unique problems that men face, and help-seeking behaviors. They also discuss how social work is in an exceptional position to help men, and the systemic effects that social work practice with men can have. The authors assert that helping improve men's mental health is critical for social work, particularly given its values recognizing the dignity and worth of all individuals. Their goal is to raise awareness and spark an open dialogue about social work practice with men.
Original Publication Citation
Shafer, K. & Wendt, D.* (2015). “Men’s Mental Health: A Call to Social Workers.” Social Work, 60(2): 105-112.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Shafer, Kevin and Wendt, Douglas, "Men's Mental Health: A Call to Social Workers" (2015). Faculty Publications. 4403.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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