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Man Up - A documentary on masculinity and mental health in Australian men

Movember Funding to Date

AUD 3,121,389

What we seek to achieve

To raise awareness about male mental health and suicide, while challenging harmful masculine norms and encouraging help-seeking, by developing and evaluating a TV documentary and digital media campaign.

Country
Australia
Implemented by
University of Melbourne & Heiress Films
Project start date
Dec 2014
Project Status
Project complete

About the project

Man Up came about through a collaboration between the Movember Foundation, the University of Melbourne and Heiress Films. It was motivated by the fact that over 2,000 men and boys take their own lives in Australia each year. The team hypothesised that masculine norms – that is, the internalised perceptions of what is acceptable and expected male behaviour that guides how men act – might exert an influence on this. Man Up is a 3-part documentary that explores the relationship between masculinity and suicide. It was designed as a large-scale intervention to challenge masculine norms and encourage men to lower their guard and reach out to others when times are tough.

Man Up was screened by the ABC in primetime over three consecutive weeks in October and November 2016, plus there has been subsequent screenings on the ABC and other platforms such as Stan. The documentary was accompanied by a comprehensive digital campaign comprising a website and a social media. A multi-faceted evaluation of Man Up was conducted, which showed that Man Up was efficacious in terms of increasing men’s likelihood of seeking help in tough times and shifting views of masculinity. These outcomes were positive and made all the more so by the fact that the documentary, and the digital campaign that surrounded it, had such a broad reach.

Man Up demonstrated the potential to save the lives of men by shining a spotlight on the relationship between masculinity and suicide via a large-scale intervention. The Man Up project was overseen by an Advisory Group made up of expert researchers, clinicians and program managers in mental health and suicide prevention.

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