News

Regional fathers needed to fight against male suicide rates

Regional fathers are needed in the fight against male suicide rates.
Regional fathers are needed in the fight against male suicide rates. Nicola Brander

YOUNG men in regional and rural New South Wales are being asked to open up about their fears, expectations and experiences of fatherhood in a Deakin University study.

It aims to improve the mental health of those in this crucial life stage, lead researcher Jacqui Macdonald said.

"At 33, many men will become fathers for the first time,” she said.

"But this is also a time when men are particularly vulnerable to stress and depression.

"At this age, suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men and the male suicide rate is three times that of females.”

Dr Macdonald said the study, entitled Men and Parenting Pathways, aims to get a more accurate picture of the way men cope with family life including paternity, work balance, relationship and social network changes, new responsibilities and how men connect with their children emotionally.

Dr Macdonald, from Deakin's School of Psychology, said the study had so far recruited 600 men aged 28 to 32 to take part, but more were needed from rural and regional areas to gain a better picture of fathers in Australia.

"We know that rural Australians experience more psychological distress and suicide than urban Australians and have less access to services and greater social stigma attached to help-seeking,” Dr Macdonald said.

"Some small studies suggest that this might be because rural men are bound more by traditional expectations of masculinity which includes being stoic and not expressing emotions.

"This is quite plausible but we just don't have enough data to know how accurate it is because large studies of men have not been undertaken.

"Accurately assessing how men are managing life's demands across multiple locales will help us to provide the type of support that men need but are also willing to engage in.”

Participants in the Men and Parenting Pathways study will be asked to complete a 20-minute online survey once a year for the next five years.

The Men and Parenting Pathways Study finishes recruitment at the end of February and is specifically looking for more men from rural and regional New South Wales aged 28 to 32.

To find out more about the study and sign up visit www.mappresearch.org/mapp-5 or go to the Facebook page.

Topics:  fatherhood northern rivers health study suicide survey university


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Can you help track down this car?

THEFT: CCTV footage from the scene shows this car, with a number plate beginning with 'C'.

Police investigate theft from cafe ATM

Waterspout video goes viral

WATERSPOUT: Screenshot from the video Kurt Balzer recorded of a waterspout off Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.

Impressive water spout spotted off the North Coast

Blood-thirsty critters rise from floodwaters

MOZZIE HAVEN: Flooding at Ballina Heights often generates the perfect conditions for mosquito breeding.

Have you been bitten by a mosquito lately?

Local Partners

Travis Collins, Keith Urban win big at CMC Music Awards

LEE Kernaghan was also inducted into the CMC Hall of Fame during tonight's glittering awards ceremony on the Gold Coast.

Disney boss reveals big details about the future of Star Wars

Felicity Jones in a scene from the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

"Another decade and a half of Star Wars."

Iggy Azalea’s butt is back

Mullumbimby-raised rapper Iggy Azalea is back with her new song Mo Bounce.

THE singer is back with a new single and it is all about the bounce.

Kate Middleton: Even I struggle with being a mother

The royal has offered a personal glimpse into her life.

Emma Thompson missed her chance with Trump

Emma Thompson.

EMMA Thompson once turned down an offer from Donald Trump

Keith Urban went to extreme lengths for ultrasound

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.

Keith Urban's flying visit to Australia for lunch and an ultrasound

Great photo... but what's with the seat?

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin poses for strange magazine cover in toilet

It's official: Byron Bay unaffordable

MILLIONAIRES ROW: The Housing Commission house in Keats St, Byron Bay which sold at auction on Saturday for $1.65 million.

Buying a home in Bay Bay is a dream too far for some

Northern Rivers vacancy rates slip backwards

LITTLE ROOM: Vacancy rates on rental properties have dropped by .5% in the Northern Rivers to just 1.1%.

Northern Rivers rental housing shortage beats Sydney

Coast home luring interstate buyers sold

PRIZED POSITION: Blue clip location, peaceful surroundings, spacious living with swimming pool, tennis court on 4562sq
m

The property was described as a 'Queenslander with Hamptons style'

Stylish Coast home lures buyers from four states

PRIZED POSITION: The six-bedroom house with swimming pool and floodlit tennis court is on 4562sq
m.

Expansive property boasts serious space

$1.8m of red soil goes under the hammer in Bundaberg

SOLD: The property at Howletts Rd, Alloway, which went under the hammer on the weekend for $1.8 million.

Red soil, fruit trees and a backing onto the Elliott River

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!