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Support for Men

Is it time for help?

Let’s face it guys, we are pretty bloody ordinary when it comes to looking after our mental health. We aren’t too bad at keeping in tune with our physical side, but for some reason we find it difficult to share our problems and we try to remain strong instead of getting support when we need it, despite the detrimental effect this can have.

Dudes, we must be more proactive about our mental health, be aware of risk factors and symptoms, and stay connected with our friends, family and other support networks.

There are some great resources where you can get help and support, websites such as Beyond Blue and Mantherapy.org.au as well as some great causes such as Movember.

Maybe there is nothing particularly wrong with you and you just want to be a better version of yourself.

Regardless if you think you’re in need of help or not, hopefully this website will go some way to making it easier for you to source the support and strategies you need to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Did You Know!

  • 3 out of 4 deaths by suicide are men
  • On average 5 men each day take their life through suicide in Australia
  • 1 in 2 men will have a mental health problem at some point in their life
  • 1 in 8 men will experience depression in their lifetime

Source: movember.com

Men aged 36 to 44 have the highest rates of depression, with one in 12 experiencing depression in the past 12 months.

Source: mantherapy.org.au

Spanner in the Works

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Target Market

Adult Men (50+)

A Men’s Health Initiative by the Australian Men’s Shed Association

Key areas of Support

Sets out some strategies that men can do (or not do) to improve their health, both mental and physical.

The aim of the program is to:

  • provide basic health screening advice to men;
  • Provide man friendly health information and health awareness;
  • Have local men and shedders engage with their local health service providers;
  • Have local men (non shedders’) engage with their local Men’s Shed; and

Have local health service providers and local Men’s Shed engage with each other.

Barwon Male Health Network

Target Market

Adult Men.

A Community Group Servicing the City of Greater Geelong

Barwon Male Health Network Link

Key areas of Support

Aims to bring together people working/involved in the many aspects of male health including physical health, social connection, spiritual health and relationships.

Health Services, schools, emergency services, support groups, local government, family services and mental health services are indicative of the Network’s membership.

The Network provides an opportunity for information sharing on services, programs and training as well as exploring opportunities for collaboration, advocacy and research

Separated Men

Target Market

Separated Partners or Parents from their children

Offers peer support for men that is compassionate, confidential and cost-free.

Key areas of Support

A registered harm prevention charity partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

MensLine Australia

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Target Market

All Men (Youth & Adult)

Not-for-profit Community Group for adult men

www.mensline.org.au

Key areas of Support

A professional telephone and on-line support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.

Salvation Army Kardinia Network

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Target Market

Adult Men

Not-for-profit Community Group for adult men.

Salvation Army Kardinia Website Link

Key areas of Support

Outreach support provided for men living in their own homes, in rooming houses or other temporary housing as well as men who are homeless with complex needs, working with them to establish housing stability while addressing underlying causes.

Man Therapy

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Target Market

All Men (Youth & Adult)

An initiative of Beyond Blue the Mantherapy website is designed to get blokes to take practical action to take charge of depression and/or anxiety, and to combat suicidal thoughts.

www.mantherapy.org.au

Key areas of Support

Launched in 2013 to help men with stress, anger, sleep difficulties, excessive drinking, or sadness. Through tackling the rate of depression and anxiety in men, and reducing stigma, facilitating a change in men’s behaviour and challenging perceptions of masculinity, beyond blue believes that a reduction in the male suicide rate can be achieved in the medium to long term. Man Therapy website is a toolkit, enabling men to learn more, providing them with strategies designed to protect their wellbeing and to guide them to professional treatment if/when they require support.

Mind Health Connect

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Target Market

Adult Men

Website that contains Mental Health resources for adult men.

www.mindhealthconnect.org.au

Key areas of Support

Contains a menu of common mental issues for men, suggestions on how men can improve their mental health and wellbeing and where to get help.

The Shed Online

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Target Market

Men (Aged 50+)

A Website for Men over 50 (Initiative of Beyond Blue).

www.theshedonline.org.au

Key areas of Support

The Online Shed is a website designed for men to help them discover information relevant to their needs. This includes a list of Health & Lifestyle suggestions and resources, including where to locate a Men’s Shed.

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