Book review: mental health vulnerability in men

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With their book Positive Male Mind: Overcoming Mental Health Problems, Shaun Davis and Andrew Kinder aim to contribute to end the stigma about male mental health.

Book: Positive Male Mind: Overcoming Mental Health Problems

Dr Shaun Davis Andrew Kinder

According to the authors, it aims to inspire positive dialogue around male mental health in a practical way, to help address this taboo topic in the personal and corporate spheres.

Shaun Davis is the global director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability at Royal Mail and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, while Andrew Kinder is a chartered counselling occupational psychologist and head of mental health services at Optima Health. He has been published widely on workplace counselling, trauma, coaching and mental health.

The publication of the book has received a very warm welcome by professionals and organisations involved in mental health awareness and treatment issues.

Stephen Haynes, programme manager of Mates in Mind, the charity that raises awareness and addresses the stigma of poor mental health to improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry, said to Safety Management: “Shaun and Andrew have compiled an invaluable guide to help men better understand our mental health. They have made what can often be seen as a complicated area, easier to understand in a guidebook that is well laid out, so you can read cover-to-cover, or just dip in where you need it.

“From understanding mental health, and what affects it, to increasing our resilience and self-esteem, through to improving our mental health at work, the guide helps break down the different types of mental health issue as well as provide some real practical advice on who and where to get support.

Data from the Office for National Statistics published in September revealed that the suicide rates among men in the UK are at their lowest for more than 30 years. In 2017, there were 4,383 male suicides and the rate was 15.5 per 100,000 men – down from 20 in the late 1980s. Although the rate is falling, men still account for three-quarters of suicides in the UK. The Samaritans said recent efforts to prevent suicides had helped. The female suicide rate has remained stable for the past 10 years.

Positive Male Mind was published by LID Publishing on 2 September.

Safety Management readers get a discount. Code: “POSITIVE35” for 35% off the book at check out at:


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