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Also reading “Promoting Men’s Mental Health”

Promoting Men’s Mental Health

Men's Mental Health

Men – in all their diverse groups, settings, lifestyles and stages of life – can face considerable challenges to their mental wellbeing from specific cultural and societal factors, causing difficulties for themselves and those who live and work with them. In addition, these men may respond better to certain approaches and treatment. Promoting Men’s Mental Health outlines the breadth of the challenges and provides guidance for those working in primary care on targeting and helping men who need support. Good mental health is more than the absence of mental illness, and this book therefore highlights methods to promote positive mental health by increasing psychological wellbeing, competency and coping skills, and by creating supportive living and working environments The book highlights examples of best practice throughout the UK, Europe and America, and will be essential reading for primary care and mental health professionals, and all those with an interest in men’s mental health. ‘We need to be more innovative in the way we try to reach men. This book will help stimulate further discussion and hopefully encourage men to seek help or support.

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Currently reading “Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet” by @CameronConaway

Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet


Accomplished MMA fighter and award-winning writer Cameron Conaway presents in Caged the true story of a young man who overcomes a family background and his own inner torment by learning to channel his frustrations into the physical world of mixed martial arts fighting and the cerebral world of poetry and writing. It teaches the value of personal reflection, how life’s most painful moments can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of human nature, and just what is possible when optimism and determination combine to overcome tough odds. Caged shows how the pursuit of two seemingly disparate passions helped a struggling boy blossom into a simple man. The result is a literary and lyrical philosophical journey into the heart and mind of a modern-day warrior.

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The Indigenius Queers BlakAcademic Book Club

The Indigenius Queers BlakAcademic Book Club are three Indigenius Queers Academics through the virtue of Skype are an virtual book club. Our first text is :

Spaces between Us. Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization (2011) by Scott Lauria Morgensen.


Maddee Clark

Against authenticity

“I can’t remember being as excited about a TV show as I have been about Redfern Now. Not since I was a kid and only allowed thirty minutes of TV a day by my overbearing grandmother. A scarcity of good things tends to make me more excited about them when they eventually happen – and there is certainly a scarcity of Indigenous bodies and stories on Australian screens.”

Originally posted in Overland

Andy Archipelago

My Gender Default

“One of the recurring gender issues that I face is what I like to call a “gender default.” It is a theory I have recently developed, that is, unless I’ve unknowingly read something about it and subconsciously reinterpreted it as my own. My research so far hasn’t come across the idea of a gender default theory. I  believe that gender defaulting describes the range of problems that exist in the conflict between the birth sex/gender designation and acquired or desired gender identity of non-binary individuals. Problems occur especially when one struggles with gender identity and various gender choices including the achievement of secondary sex characteristics; often referred to as ones gender morphology. I mostly use cosmetics and drag to fulfill my gender needs. That is how I exit the realm of my male default.”

Originally posted on The Postgrad Sister: A Blog about Indigenous Gender Diversity

Dameyon Bonson

A Gay, Aboriginal, Introverted Male (And Not At All What You’d Expect That Means) 

“The strong guys we pretended to be are not the strong men we have become. Being gay didn’t weaken us. It’s irrelevant.”

Originally posted on The Good Men Project



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Principles for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies via @AIATSISLibrary

At every stage, research with and about Indigenous peoples must be founded on a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between the researcher and the Indigenous people. AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS) ( 431 kb) were founded in 2000 with the aim of guaranteeing this process and the respect of Indigenous people’s rights.

Principles for Ethical Research

Principle 1: Recognition of the diversity and uniqueness of peoples, as well as of individuals, is essential.

Principle 2: The rights of Indigenous peoples to self-determination must
be recognised.

Principle 3: The rights of Indigenous peoples to their intangible heritage must be recognised.

Principle 4: Rights in the traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions
of Indigenous peoples must be respected, protected and maintained.

Principle 5: Indigenous knowledge, practices and innovations must be respected, protected and maintained.

Principle 6: Consultation, negotiation and free, prior and informed consent are the foundations for research with or about Indigenous peoples.

Principle 7: Responsibility for consultation and negotiation is ongoing.

Principle 8: Consultation and negotiation should achieve mutual understanding
about the proposed research.

Principle 9: Negotiation should result in a formal agreement for the conduct of a research project.

Principle 10: Indigenous people have the right to full participation appropriate to
their skills and experiences in research projects and processes.

Principle 11: Indigenous people involved in research, or who may be affected by research, should benefit from, and not be disadvantaged by, the research project.

Principle 12: Research outcomes should include specific results that respond to the needs and interests of Indigenous people.

Principle 13: Plans should be agreed for managing use of, and access to, research results.

Principle 14: Research projects should include appropriate mechanisms and procedures for reporting on ethical aspects of the research and complying with these guidelines.

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