Football is their Medication

5th Jun 2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Hub

Contrary to the stereotype, some men can develop ‘emotional capital’ (emotional resources) collectively, ie within community groups that can support their mental and overall health. When involved in community self-help/support groups, working class men experiencing adversity or challenge can develop the means to reflect not just on their well-being but also to challenge dominant, professional notions of healthy eating and the medicalisation of mental health difficulties.

In this public lecture, Dr Paul Simpson and Dr Michael Richards (Lecturers in Applied Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University) will discuss the health narratives of individuals facing disadvantage because of economic hardship and/or mental health difficulty.

While acknowledging the culturally dominant story of men’s difficulties concerning emotional vulnerability, this lecture will uncover a more counter-intuitive story of emotional reflexivity.


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