Health
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Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org)

Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Behavioral Factors Associated with Disease, Injury, and Death among Men: Evidence and Implications for Prevention

Author:  Will H. Courtenay (62 pages)  this review summarizes recent evidence of gender differences in behaviors that significantly influence health and longevity. Drawing upon large studies, national data, and meta-analyses, it systematically demonstrates that males of all ages are more likely than females to engage in over 30 behaviors that increase the risk of disease, injury, and death.

C-Change (Collaborating to Conquer Cancer)

C-Change’s leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors share the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early, and cured or is managed successfully as a chronic illness.   C-Change shares information; helps identify barriers, gaps, and opportunities related to its mission; seeks agreement on critical national priorities and supportive actions; and facilitates independent and collaborative efforts to achieve common goals.

Changing Places: How Communities Will Improve the Health of Boys of Color

(Edited by Christopher Edley, Jr. and Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, downloadable book)  This book draws attention to the urgent need—both economic and moral—to better understand the policy and community-based factors that serve as incentives or barriers to young men and boys of color as they make critical life decisions. This volume draws attention to the potential of a public policy focus on young men and boys of color as a high-leverage strategy for promoting an agenda for equitable, sustainable, healthy communities in California and across the Nation.

Choice USA

As a national pro-choice organization, Choice USA gives emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas to build a youth centered pro-choice agenda and mobilize communities for reproductive justice.

Coalition for Positive Sexuality (CPS)

CPS is a grassroots, not-for-profit, activist organization providing teens with candid sex education materials.

College Men’s Health:  An Overview and a Call to Action

Author: Will H. Courtenay, PhD, LCSW  (12 pages)   For men of college age, the risks of disease, injury, and death are far greater than for women of the same age group, yet college men’s health concerns receive little attention from health professionals. In this multidisciplinary overview, the author discusses college men’s health risks, men’s failure to adopt health promoting behaviors, their propensity to engage in risky behaviors, their beliefs about manhood, their attitudes concerning their own vulnerability, and their limited knowledge about health.

Compulsion Solutions (Blog)  (Facebook)  (Reddit)  (Twitter)

Help for sex addiction and porn addiction

Constructions of  Masculinity and their Influence on Men’s Well-Being:  A Theory of Gender and Health

Author: Will H. Courtenay (17 pages)  Men in the United States su€er more severe chronic conditions, have higher death rates for all 15 leading causes of death, and die nearly 7 yr younger than women. Health-related beliefs and behaviours are important contributors to these di€erences. Men in the United States are more likely than women to adopt beliefs and behaviours that increase their risks, and are less likely to engage in behaviours that are linked with health and longevity. In an attempt to explain these di€erences, this paper proposes a relational theory of men’s health from a social constructionist and feminist perspective.

Engendering Health: A Social Constructionist Examination of Men’s Health Beliefs and Behaviors

Author: Will H. Courtenay  (19 pages)  This review reveals that North Americans collectively work diligently to reinforce stereotypically feminine or masculine behavior in themselves and others, and that the beliefs and behaviors fostered in men and boys, the resources available to demonstrate masculinity, and the resources boys and men use to enact gender are largely unhealthy.

For Boys with Eating Disorders, Finding Treatment can be Hard

(by: Rhitu Chatterjee, Shots [Health News from NPR], October 7, 2013)   Eating disorders are commonly thought to be a problem for girls and women, but an estimated have an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the . Psychologists and psychiatrists who treat eating disorders say those numbers are on the rise.   And though eating disorders in boys share many similarities with those in girls, treatment programs tailored to girls may not feel like the right fit.

Gender and Ethnic Differences in Health Beliefs and Behaviors

Authors: Will H. Courtenay, Donald R. McCreary, Joseph R. Merighi (13 pages)  This study explored the extent to which college men and
women of various racial and ethnic groups differ in their health beliefs and behaviors.

A Global Perspective on the Field of Men’s Health:  An Editorial

Author: Will Courtenay (13 pages)  This article outlines precepts for developing new theoretical paradigms and research models and offers direction for social scientists and practitioners in the nascent field of men’s health. It advocates interdisciplinary approaches that explore how biological, sociocultural, psychological, and behavioral factors interact to mediate the physical and mental health of men and boys.

Helping African American Men Live Longer, Healthier Lives

(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 1, 2013)   African American men delay going to the doctor because they do not trust the health care system, not because they want to appear tough or self-reliant, Powell Hammond and colleagues found in one study of 610 Black men aged 20 and older in the four states. Perceived racism and past racial discrimination is the primary cause of this mistrust, according to Hammond and her colleagues.

Hyper-Sexual Episodes: Let’s Talk About Sex!

Many people wonder and don’t understand how hyper-sexuality can affect relationships so I am going to try to discuss my own experiences when my bipolar takes a hyper-sexual swing.

The Institute for Prostate Cancer Research

Expert scientists and clinicians, who are dedicated to understanding prostate cancer, come together through the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research (IPCR) to devise therapies and new technologies in hopes of one day finding a cure.

Key Determinants of the Health and the Well-Being of Men and Boys

Author:  Will H. Courtenay (27 pages) – Despite these risks, little is known about the gender-specific health and health care needs of men and boys. This multidisciplinary review provides an overview and summary of key determinants of the health and well being of men and boys in the United States.

Living – and Loving – with Erectile Dysfunction

This article first appeared in VOICE MALE, the profeminist, antiviolence magazine published as a quarterly print publication with an online presence. For subscription information, to view back issues, or for further information go to www.voicemalemagazine.org.

Malecare: Men Fight Cancer, Together (on)  Facebook

Chinese: 無症狀的轉移性的荷爾蒙內分泌

Espanol: El Cancer de Prostata

Francais: Cancer de la Prostate

Hebrew: סרטן הערמונית המדריך

Italiano:  Carcinoma della Prostata

Portugues: Cancer de Prostata

Russian:   Рак предстательной железы

America’s largest volunteer men’s cancer support group and advocacy national nonprofit organization.  Leading programs for advanced prostate cancer, men diagnosed under age 50 & gay cancer survivors.

Measurement of Men’s Help Seeking: Development and Evaluation of the Barriers to Help Seeking Scale

Authors: Abigail K. Mansfield, Michael E. Addis and Will Courtenay (14 pages)  This article describes the development and psychometric evaluation of the Barriers to Help Seeking Scale (BHSS). The measure was designed to assess reasons men identify for not seeking professional help for mental and physical health problems.

Men, Gender and Health: Toward an Interdisciplinary Approach

Authors: Will H. Courtenay, PhD and Richard P. Keeling, MD (4 pages)  We suggest the need for a broad, new definition of “men’s health,” a definition that includes not only the absence of disease or disability but also embraces complete physical, mental, and social well being.
This definition—and the interventions it informs— must recognize the many differences among men, such as those based on their age, economic status, sexual identity, campus affiliation, occupation, culture, ethnicity, environment, religion, and geographic location.

Men’s Health Network (MHN) (on)  Facebook (on)  Twitter

Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN)

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is a North-America wide organization working on issues of healthy sexuality, cultural competency, youth empowerment, reproductive justice, and sex positivity by and for Native youth.

One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC)

One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a collaboration of national non-profit organizations representing millions of Americans, delivers a unified message to Congress and the White House on the need for increased cancer-related appropriations.

POSARC   (Partners of Sex Addicts Resource Center) (Blog)

Posarc helps spouses and partners who are losing their loved one to porn addiction, sex addiction, cybersex, strip clubs, affairs or massage parlors. We regard this as relational trauma and utilize trauma approaches to help you heal.

Policy Approaches to Involving Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality and Health Equity (Summary)

By: Orly Stern, Michael Flood, Gary Barker, Dean Peacock, and Alan Greig, 42 pages  – This Policy Brief:  Outlines the rationale for using policy approaches to engage men in achieving gender equality, reducing health inequities, and improving women’s and men’s health;  Offers a framework for integrating men into policies that aim to reduce gender inequality and health inequities; and Highlights some successful policy initiatives addressing men that have advanced gender equality and reduced health inequities by generating positive changes in men’s behaviours and relations with women and with other men.

Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute serves as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life. As a national non-profit organization, the Institute is committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.

Program H Manual: Preventing and Living with HIV/AIDS (en)  Espagnol (em)  Portugues

This module provide an introduction to issues related to young men, gender and HIV/AIDS.

Program H Manual: Reasons and Emotions (en)  Espagnol (em)  Portugues

This module focuses on the general mental health needs of young men, taking a detailed look at specific questions, particularly substance abuse and suicide.

Prostate Cancer Caribbean

Este portal provee recursos e información sobre el cáncer de próstata en las islas del Caribe.

This web site provides informational resources about prostate cancer for every island nation in the Caribbean.

Prostate Cancer  Research Institute

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute mission is to improve the quality of men’s lives by supporting research and disseminating information that educates and empowers patients, families and the medical community.

Prostate Health Guide

This website offers you a guide to the prostate and various conditions that can affect your health

Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation

Raising awareness of testicular cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

Sex Addicts Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they can overcome their sex addiction and and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency.

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)

Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover.   The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (S.L.A.A.) (Arabic) (Chinese)  (Dansk) (Deutsch)  (Espagnol) (Francais) (Hebrew) (Islenska) (Italiano) (Nederlands) (Norsk) (Polski) (Russian) (Svenska)

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, or S.L.A.A., is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition oriented Fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. We offer help to anyone who has a sex addiction or love addiction or both and wants to do something about it.

Sexual Addiction Help (Blog)

Website of a San Francisco Area group of therapists whose website lists a significant number of relevant resources on sexual addiction.

Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) (Blog)

The Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI), a national outpatient sexual addiction and non-violent sexual offender treatment agency, provides confidential, ethical and effective clinical programs that encourage healthy sexuality, relationship intimacy and personal integrity.

Students of AMF

College Students supporting college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one.

Survived Hubby’s Sex Addiction!

(Blog) My best friend and husband fell down hard and I helped pick him up! This is the story of our journey to build intimacy and love!

Teaming Up for the New Men’s Health Movement

Author: Will H. Courtenay (12 pages)  This paper explores the health concerns of two men viewed from diverse professional and disciplinary perspectives. It highlights the strengths and limitations of each perspective as it examines the complexity of these men’s lives and well-being.

The Unifying Center (Facebook) (Twitter)

Our mission is to improve the gender-based, mental health care of men and boys, with a special focus on healing men and boys that have been impacted by some type of trauma or abuse.  Central to our work is recognizing the impact contemporary masculinities have on men’s health, identity development, certain behaviors and interpersonal relationships.

Untold Problems: A Review of the Essential Issues in the Mental Health of Men and Boys (Great Britain – 50 pages long)

This review is about the mental health of men and boys. It considers mental health from a male perspective and explores how good mental health can be achieved and maintained.   It also looks the kinds of mental health problems that men and boys experience and asks
how services can most effectively respond.

The Vasectomist (Facebook)  (Twitter)

The Vasectomy Project is encouraging men to join forces and take responsibility for family planning.  We want to start a new conversation about over-population, over-consumption and the planet’s environmental tipping point, by asking men to take a very personal action to change the world.