Breakups and young men's mental health study

Breakups and young men's mental health study

Relationship breakdown (i.e., breakups, separation and divorce) can be a key trigger for mental health issues, suicidal thoughts and behaviours in young men.

To date, no research has been conducted aiming to understand how young men recover from breakups, how they cope with the mental health impacts and what support they seek in the aftermath of a breakup.

The young men’s mental health team at Orygen aims to address this by hearing from young men about their recovery from relationship breakdown.


Participants will be interviewed about their experiences of recovery from relationship breakdown. The study will also focus on coping behaviours and the social support participants sought and received after their breakup. The study will directly involve:

  • Interviews lasting 60-90 minutes, undertaken via Zoom, or in person at Orygen in Parkville (whatever is most convenient for participants).


Participants will be reimbursed for their time at $30 per hour via bank transfer.


To be eligible for this study, you must:

  • currently live in Australia;
  • identify as a man/male (men from the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome to participate);
  • be aged 18-30 years;
  • have experienced a breakup in the last three years; and
  • be willing to provide contact details for at least one emergency contact.

Participation in the study is voluntary and Orygen researchers will ensure participants have all the information about the study before they provide consent.


If you are interested in participating in the study, please register via our online survey HERE 

For more details please email Michael Wilson – PhD Candidate: [email protected]

HREC ID: 2024-28189-51059-3