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  • Date: Friday 10th July 2020
  • Presenter(s): Dr Andrew Reeves

The Hardest Words: Men, Mental Health and Suicide

Dr Andrew Reeves

The Hardest Words: Men, Mental Health and Suicide

Suicide remains one of the biggest killers of men across the age span both in the UK and internationally. The numbers of men dying in the UK every day is a public health scandal, and yet silence pervades this entire landscape. These deaths are rarely reported; the public don't easily talk about suicide; men are under-represented in seeking help from the psychological therapies; and counsellors themselves can struggle to name suicide with their clients.

This workshop, which will be in-part information delivery and in-part experiential, will explore the challenges of supporting male clients across the age span around mental health, including with their potential thoughts around suicide. It will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss the challenges they experience in their practice and, together as a group, to share good practice guidelines about positive and constructive ways of working with male clients.

Speaker biography:

Dr Andrew Reeves is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, a Registered Social Worker and an Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health. He has worked for over 30 years as a therapist in a full range of settings, working extensively with male clients and setting up male-specific services. He has published widely on working with risk in counselling and psychotherapy and has built an international reputation for his expertise in this area. He is author of several highly regarded textbooks in counselling and psychotherapy and many book chapters and articles. He is immediate past-Chair of BACP. He is working on the 5th edition of the bestselling book, Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action (having taken over authorship from Prof Tim Bond).

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