Men's Mental Health Promotion Interventions: A Scoping Review

Am J Mens Health. 2017 Nov;11(6):1823-1837. doi: 10.1177/1557988317728353. Epub 2017 Sep 8.


There is an increasing need for mental health promotion strategies that effectively engage men. Although researchers have examined the effectiveness of diverse mental wellness interventions in male-dominated industries, and reviewed suicide prevention, early intervention, and health promotion interventions for boys and men, few have focused on sex-specific program effects. The purpose of this review was to (a) extend the previous reviews to examine the effectiveness of mental health promotion programs in males, and (b) evaluate the integration of gender-specific influences in the content and delivery of men's mental health promotion programs. A search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and EMBASE databases for articles published between January 2006 and December 2016 was conducted. Findings from the 25 included studies indicated that a variety of strategies offered within (9 studies) and outside (16 studies) the workplace show promise for promoting men's mental health. Although stress was a common area of focus (14 studies), the majority of studies targeted multiple outcomes, including some indicators of positive well-being such as self-efficacy, resilience, self-esteem, work performance, and happiness/quality of life. The majority of programs were offered to both men and women, and six studies explicitly integrated gender-related influences in male-specific programs in ways that recognized men's interests and preferences.

Keywords: health promotion; masculine; men; nental health; well-being.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction