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Delivering men's mental health

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Everybody should be able to enjoy good health and good mental health is key to this. Inequalities still exist in the provision of health and social care, and the data shows consistent disparities in men’s health and health outcomes compared to women.1

Understanding men’s needs requires cultural change, particularly by service providers. There is a need to listen harder to men and boys and to actively involve them in planning and delivery of services. Changes are necessary to improve quality and choice in men’s mental health and to address gender inequality.

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in mental health from government, healthcare professionals and service users. This has highlighted the benefits of developing and providing services specifically for men, with service providers taking the experiences of men and of being male into account.

A gendered approach recognises the association between gender and mental health and has already been used in developing mental health services for women.

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