Manscape is a documentary film aimed at reducing the stigma around men’s mental health; particularly with the aim of helping men that may need help, but do not know how to reach out or speak about their issues. The film shares the stories of six men who have been or are beginning to talk about their mental health issues.


Whether suffering depression, anxiety, burnout, imposter syndrome, or one of many other common mental health problems, men’s mental health is a serious condition that can often go unnoticed. To show others that it is possible to talk about these issues, the film looks at the experiences of men dealing with their mental health problems, what helps them get through and how they were able to start to seek help.


Men made up over three quarters of the registered suicides in 2016 (Mental Health Foundation, 2016) and often do not find it easy to come forward to talk about their mental health issues: “Men are not given permission to be vulnerable in society and any interpretation of vulnerability is considered a weakness.” (Dosanjh, 2017).


I began making the film after my own experiences with mental health issues and myprevious work on the subject. In the past I looked at my own issues dealing with depression and anxiety through self-portraiture and the written word. Through sharing this project I was able to reach other people dealing with mental health issues and begin a conversation about the topic. Similarly, my hope is that through this film I am able to reach a wider audience and share more people’s stories to help further the conversation once more.

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To help reinforce the messages of the film, I produced a series of still life photography that takes a humorous look at some of the issues men are sometimes reluctant to talk about. While mental health issues do not generally discriminate between genders, men are less likely to come forward and talk about their issues than women (Men’s Health Forum, 2017). The still life photographs are there as a reminder that men are not always as open with certain topics, with mental health being one of the more serious issues men could be talking more about.

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Manscape is the first in a series of films I aim to create. Throughout the interview process the men I spoke to opened up about the ways they are dealing with and have spoken out about their mental health. They also spoke a lot about the treatments they have been through, doctor’s visits, how they feel about the high male suicide rates and the effect it has had on their own lives. These are the topics I would like to focus on more in the future, targeting the conversation towards advocating for better mental health support for men along with giving men more information about the kind of treatments available to them.

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