The Power and Pain of Invisibility: Understanding Gender and Men's Mental Health
Wed, October 14, 2009 • 4:45 PM • GAR 2.112
Dr. Michael Addis
How can men as a group be so audible, so visible, and in such positions of power in society, while at the same time struggling individually with private pain that can prove powerfully destructive to themselves and others? Dr. Addis will explore this and other paradoxes of men's mental health. Integrating theory and research from social, developmental, and clinical psychology, he will argue that men's mental health is one of the final frontiers in the psychology of gender. Furthermore, our collective inattention to the problems of silence and invisibility in men's lives contributes to a substantial public health burden including depression, suicide, substance abuse, and violent crime. Progress can come through enhancing our awareness of the way silence and invisibility operate in men's lives week to week, day to day, and moment to moment.