Mental Health PhD Program Launch

On April the 27th the new Mental Health PhD program was successfully launched. Staff and students from a wide range of backgrounds but all interested in Mental Health attended the launch with great numbers. There were talks by the three host units of the program; The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences; The Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; and The Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School as well as a presentation of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and the website of the program became live.

With the program up and running we would now like to cordially invite you to the inaugural Mental Health Dialogue Session in the new Mental Health PhD program and hear prof Jane Pirkis (Centre for Mental Health, University of Melbourne) and Jeremy Macvean (Movember Foundation) talk about a major mental health problem – male suicide – and the novel approach they and their colleagues took to addressing it. Research has shown that elements of “traditional” masculinity like self-reliance can place men at heightened risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviours, so Jane and Jeremy, along with Jennifer Cummins and Jackie Turnure from Heiress Films, made a documentary that unpacked the issues and showed how they might be overcome. The documentary, known as Man Up, takes Sydney radio personality, Gus Worland, on a journey where he talks with men who have experienced suicidal crises, explores a range of suicide prevention initiatives designed to encourage men to open up to their mates, and creates a campaign ad to raise awareness about the damage caused by men not reaching out for help. Man Up was screened by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in primetime over three consecutive weeks in October and November 2016. The documentary was accompanied by a comprehensive digital strategy comprising a website and a social media campaign which collectively were extremely effective in promoting positive attitudes and behaviours. After the talk, lunch will be provided and the speakers will commence a Dialogue with each other and the audience about this major mental health problem. Please RSVP here.