• Description

The prevalence of mental illness can be difficult to measure accurately and estimates often rely on the numbers using services, a notoriously risky method of assessment because the people who use services are often not truly reflective of the total population for whom the particular was designed. This is particularly the case with male mental illness because of the well-documented reluctance of men to use health services for either physical or mental illness. This report discusses how the mental health needs of men are generally understood and how services have responded to them, drawing particularly on developments within Ireland. Identified are some of the key challenges in this area by highlighting some of the gaps in services and some of the opportunities which these offer.