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MEDIA RELEASE - The Man Cave comes to Heywood

17 July 2019

A ground-breaking program seeking to improve young men's mental health will visit the Glenelg Shire this August to deliver a one-off free community session.

Youth mental health innovators The Man Cave will present a community building and awareness session on Wednesday 7 August from 6:30pm – 8pm at the Heywood Library through support from Project Respect Heywood.

The Man Cave is a primary prevention mental health program that works with schools, parents and community groups to explore healthy masculinity, positive mental health and respectful relationships in young men. Collectively, the program has reached more than 8000 boys and young men through workshops across Australia.

Project Respect Heywood project officer Hara Carragher said The Man Cave hoped to change the current narrative on men’s mental health.

“The latest statistics show that three quarters of mental health issues in men emerge before they turn 25, and one in five young men experience anxiety or depression before they turn 18. The Man Cave seeks to address the current state of masculinity in Australia and help reverse these alarming health trends in young men,” she said.

“This free community session will explore the vital role parents and community play in creating a safe space, the challenges young men are currently facing and the strategies to help support and promote wellbeing.

“The session will also rethink the concept of masculinity and how to move away from narrow stereotypes and foster healthier interpersonal relationships.

“Ultimately the evening will help provide the tools to cultivate an environment where respectful relationships can flourish, creating more happy, healthy and equal communities, which benefits everyone. I encourage all community members to make the most of this free inspiring session.”

Bookings are essential as places are limited. For further information, or to reserve your place please contact project officer Hara Carragher at hcarragher@glenelg.vic.gov.au or on 5527 0615.

Project Respect Heywood is a primary prevention project aimed at harnessing community strength to promote gender equity. The project is facilitated by the Glenelg Shire Council through the support of Heywood Rural Health and Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.

Event details:
The Man Cave Community Session
Wednesday 7 August
6:30pm – 8pm
Heywood Library (Heywood Customer Service Centre, 77 Edgar Street Heywood)


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