Engaging Male Students in Health Promotion Activities Related to Substance Use

Dr. Terry Krupa, Professor and Associate Director (Research and Post-Professional Programs), School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University
Laura Henderson, M.A., Research Coordinator for Man Up for Mental Health (The Caring Campus Project), University of Calgary

Canadian statistics suggest that a high percentage of male university students engage in hazardous or harmful consumption of alcohol and this misuse has been linked to mental health issues and social problems on campus. Socially constructed ideals of masculinity have been associated with substance misuse and with social forces that constrain dialogue about these issues. However, engaging post-secondary, male students in health promotion initiatives is a notoriously difficult endeavour As part of a larger study, a Summit model approach was used across three Canadian universities to develop male student leadership and promote meaningful dialogue about male substance misuse on campus. This workshop will present lessons learned in the implementation of the Summit model to engage male students, and will engage the audience in dialogue about application of these, and other ideas, across university campuses.