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Confidare India to organise two-day academic conference on Men's Mental Health & Legal Issues
Confidare India, is organizing a two-day academic conference on "Men's Mental Health & Legal Issues". The conference titled, "Confidare Conference on Men's Issues (CCMI)" will be held in Bangalore on the 10th & 11th June 2016.
In 2014 alone, men constituted 67.7 per cent of the population that committed suicide India-wide and in Karnataka, it was close to 7500 men who ended their lives of the total 10945 suicides that were recorded in the state. This is as per data by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a unit of Union Home Ministry.

From a cause perspective, "Marriage Related Issues", "Other Family Problems" and "Illness" combined contributed to a whopping 44.8 per cent of the suicides. These three factors form the single largest combination of cause of suicides and there is very little study being done in this area as to why such alarmingly high numbers of people (67.7 per cent of them being men) are ending their lives, either due to marriage and family problems or due to health issues.

"If we calculate the numbers for Karnataka and India, they stand at 4903 and 58986 respectively, which means approximately 5000 men in Karnataka and 59000 across India have ended their lives in 2014 alone due to marriage, family and health issues. The numbers for other years also fall into similar range.

The interesting fact about this problem is that we, as a society, have a much skewed understanding of these issues. We often ignore the male victims of these issues. Our discourse revolves around how women are affected by these issues but for men, we take them for granted.

This was a huge gap when we looked at the numbers and also the fact that every year thousands of victimized and distressed men approach Confidare seeking help in crisis situations. Thus, Confidare came up with idea of having a platform where such issues can be discussed and debated about," Confidare India said in a press release.

This conference will be having a variety of speakers from varied socio-economic background who will speak on diverse topics of emerging interests. The following is the broad list of topics to be discussed:

Emotional Wellbeing and men in corporate, marital problems and family issues, intimate partner violence, prevention of suicides of men, psychological impact of litigation, trends in laws related to family, marriage and relationship, alcohol and substance abuse, critical incidence response, gender role reversals, emerging global cultures, social trends, surveys and statistics.

The speakers and delegates lists includes,

  1. CEOs from companies.

  2. Renowned doctors from NIMHANS.

  3. Experts on Men's Issues.

  4. Professors of Sociology/Psychology.

  5. Men who have undergone well-being issues.

"The intention of this conference is to give a platform to academicians, legal luminaries, psychologists, sociologists, corporates, HR & EAP Professionals, so that they can talk about issues faced by men and can come up with an institutionalized solution to address the problems of the male world.

Also, to enable to men to open up about their issues early on and not procrastinate till the last moment so that early intervention can mitigate a lot of damage", said Anil Kumar, Co-Founder Confidare in a statement.

"This conference is just the starting step as the issues involved are very complex and a one-size-fits-all solution may not work, rather it may by counter-productive as well. What we need is a continuous discussion, research and study into the issues faced by men and the possible solutions and services that can address the issues.

We believe this 2-day conference involving participation from legal luminaries, academicians – sociologists & psychologists, mental health & well-being experts and experts on men's issues will be the stepping stone in the direction of resolving the problems that men go through specifically", added Virag Dhulia, Co-Founder, Confidare.

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