Before we began talking with men about depression, we tried to find out as much as we could about what was already known. We published a review article and one of the authors, John Oliffe, talks about the findings here. A college man who has experienced depression, Connor, also shares his thoughts about the article in this video.
When we began recruitment we were surprised by how many college men wanted to participate in the study. We actually had a wait-list of college men wanting to speak with us about their experiences of depression. We were also surprised by how many international male students volunteered for the study – and in one article we focused on that sub-group. We learned that international students can feel isolated and anxious about their academic performance while studying in Canada, which can add to their depression. These men also had strategies for fighting depression, and in particular peer support from other college men was found to be especially helpful. Listen to Steve Robertson, one of the authors, talk about the international college men’s article here.
We published another article detailing how depression can crush men’s career aspirations and life goals and how self-doubt about not measuring up to others can fuel depression. Within these challenges men talked about how their muddled thinking, lack of energy and challenges for having an intimate relationship could trigger or increase college men’s depression. Listen to Mary Kelly, one of the authors, talk about the findings in this article here. Tim is a return servicemen and college student who has experience with depression and hear what he has to say about this article.
In the article, Faux masculinities among college men who experience depression, we reported how college men might be characterised as angry, solitary and/or risk-reliant. We found that angry men were aggressive, at least in part as a reaction to their depressive symptoms. Solitary men self-isolated, fearing that others would recognise and judge them as weak for having depression. Risk-reliant men used alcohol and other drugs to dull what they were feeling as a result of being depressed. Listen to Christina Han, one of the authors, talk about the findings in this article. Watch Marvin Westwood, an expert in counseling psychology, speak about the findings in this article.
We have summarized all the findings about college men’s depression in this interactive booklet. You can read this online and many pages link to helpful videos and podcasts. You can also download the booklet, send it to a friend or e-vite others to this website.