Psychedelics, Masculinity, and Mental Health

Psychedelics, such as LSD and psilocybin, are showing great promise in the treatment of a range of psychological issues, including depression, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But in discussions surrounding psychedelics and mental health, one crucial topic is often left out of the conversation: gender. Both feminine and masculine norms impact the…View Post

The Role of Masculine Norms in the Male Mental Health Crisis

We are currently seeing a crisis in men’s mental health. In the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50. Worldwide, there has been a huge spike in the rate of suicide; with a 60% increase in the rate in the past 45 years. However, it is men who make up most of…View Post

Exploring the Connection Between Traditional Masculinity and Anger

One of the main reasons that we are seeing a crisis in men’s mental health is that men often struggle to express their genuine emotions. This happens for all sorts of reasons. Men may feel that showing their vulnerable side will make them appear weak in front of male peers, or perhaps unattractive in the…View Post

Is Traditional Masculinity Always Harmful?

For the first time, the American Psychological Association (APA) has published guidelines on the mental health of boys and men. It features in the most recent issue of the APA’s Monitor on Psychology magazine. The 36-page APA Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men has stirred up some controversy, however. Authors have targeted “traditional masculinity ideology”…View Post