Masculine Health & Responses to Adversity in Rural Men in Quebec, Canada

Philippe Roy

     Behind idyllic representations of rurality, farming men are a vulnerable subgroup as they experience significantly high job-related stress and mental health challenges amid reticence for help-seeking that renders them highly susceptible to self-medicating and suicide. In addition, they are often portrayed negatively which may exacerbate health and wellbeing. Despite adversity, many farming men cope very positively with stress, notably by challenging traditional masculine ideology. This presentation focus on masculine health and social practices by which they respond to adversity and restore dignity. Recommendations are formulated for mental health promotion and suicide prevention.