Student project aims to get men to discuss their health issues

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A student from Edinburgh Napier has created a project to discuss men’s health issues.

Graphic design student Tegan Bryce’s end-of-year project is a bar covered in phrases to get men talking about “typically female issues.”

Studies show that one in 10 dads suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety, and Bryce was determined to bring that to light with her exhibit.

Bryce, 21, has designed a pub – featuring a bar top, beer taps, beer coasters and stools – which aims to raise awareness and get men talking about what are traditionally considered women’s issues .

The project is strongly driven by its use of typography, alongside embroidery and craftsmanship to create the pub layout.

Ask questions such as “Can men experience hormonal changes due to childbirth?” and “Can men suffer from postpartum depression?”, Bryce used embroidery to mark key words to highlight the lack of conversation around these issues.

His bar also features a laser-cut bar top, recycled bar stools, books, beer coasters and vinyl that come together to raise awareness of these topics and encourage people to start talking about them openly.

For Bryce, her senior year project was an educational journey, but one that she says is hugely important in helping to focus on the lack of conversations around these topics.

She said: “My work throughout my fourth year at college focused on using design to bring about conversations about taboo topics, and by reading research and conducting my own, I kept coming back to certain topics such as postpartum depression and infertility.

“We hear a lot about how they affect women – and rightly so – but we don’t hear as much about how they affect men when they happen.

“Why is that?

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“I think great strides have been made in increasing conversations around topics like menstruation and menopause, but there are still topics that are considered ‘taboo’ and I wanted to shine a spotlight on those.

“Setting up the bar took a lot of work. I put my heart and soul into it, using my graphic design skills and my embroidery skills to hopefully create something that gets people – especially men – talking more about sensitive topics.

“If it helps just one person to speak up, ask for help, and better understand what a friend or family member has been through, then it was definitely worth it.”

The project is on display at Edinburgh Napier University’s annual degree fair, which showcases the final projects of fourth-year art and design students.

The show runs through June 2 at the university’s Merchiston campus.

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