Intersecting identities, diverse masculinities, and collaborative development: Considerations in creating online mental health interventions that work for men

Melissa J. Opozda, Paul M. Galdas, Daphne C. Watkins, James A. Smith

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Abstract

Online mental health interventions have received attention for their potential to bypass barriers that stop men from seeking mental health help from a health professional. However, emerging data suggest that men's use of online mental health interventions is low, and when used, early attrition is common. In this commentary, we hypothesise that men's common lack of engagement with online mental health interventions may reflect limited attention being paid to the needs and preferences of potential users during their development. We outline a series of considerations that we believe are important to advance the development of acceptable, effective online mental health interventions for men: (1) men's diverse and intersecting characteristics, circumstances, and needs; (2) centring positive, progressive masculinities; and (3) listening to, learning from, and working in partnership with men to develop interventions. We also examine how existing online mental health interventions targeting men have engaged with these considerations. Keywords: men, male, mental health, e-mental health, digital health, online interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152443
Pages (from-to)152443
Number of pages4
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume129
Early online date13 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

Keywords

  • men
  • male
  • mental health
  • e-mental health
  • digital health
  • online interventions

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