Menswatch – Peer Support Training
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About the Program:
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.
Program 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
Some 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% 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 1,500 South Australian men have completed the program.
The program was awarded the SA Government, 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.
Modules for Menswatch - Peer Support Training - 2 Days or Three Evenings
More than the Blues:
When Men Feel Trapped and Overwhelmed:
Principles and Strategies for Helping:
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Helping Others:
Time to Grieve:
Men and Separation:
* For more information or to book a Menswatch program in your area or for your organisation contact:
Anthony Smith – Programs Coordinator, Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies.