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Menswatch Peer Support Training Program

Menswatch is an open access online interdisciplinary journal for research and discussion of issues facing boys and men worldwide.

This program uses the unique setting of an all-male group to engage men in learning new knowledge and skills, and gaining confidence in supporting other men with: Personal issues and crises, relationship difficulties, mental health problems, separation and grief.

The program is conducted through all-male groups because experience has shown that they are an ideal setting for male learning, and for psychologically and culturally ‘safe’ self-disclosure and interpersonal sharing of experience.

It is based on many years of experience and success in working effectively with men from a wide range of backgrounds.

The program has proven particularly effective in rural and remote communities and with men that often have little familiarity with human service concepts or with human psychology and concepts of mental health.

Unique features:

  • the program is delivered by men for men
  • develops sustainable networks of men committed to supporting other men
  • promotes early intervention, support and referral
  • clarifies pathways to professional support when needed
  • builds the capacity of key male ‘mental health and wellbeing mentors’ in communities & organisations
  • helps to reduce risk of male suicide
Important facts:
  • one out of every six men are affected by depression
  • most men have no contact with the mental health system
  • men in crisis are often left unsupported
  • 78 per cent of completed suicides are men
  • mental health services cater poorly for men
  • when a man is in real trouble, he’ll most likely talk to one of his male friends
Proven track record:
  • over 1500 Australian men have completed the program
  • the program was awarded the 2009 Dr Margaret Tobin Award for Excellence in Community Mental Health Education
  • the program has undergone formal evaluation by McGregor Tan Research
Days consist of: Presentation of modules, group discussion, and time for participant's questions and comments.

Phone: 0432 071 005

Telephone Helpline

Opening Hours

Service available 24 hours a day 365 days a year

Notes on public holiday hours:
We are open as normal

Contact Details

Target Groups

  • Homeless and at Risk
  • Mental Health
  • Men

Fees & Charges

Please enquire for details

Services Provided

  • Mental Health Friendly
  • Men's Health

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