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Recommended Tips to keep things civil and stress-free this Christmas

18th December 2019 Reading Time: 9 minutes Men's Health, Domestic Violence, Behavioural Change, General, Equality, Communication, Parenting, Relationships. 872 views.

Most of us look forward to the Xmas break after a busy year. With an ever-growing list of tasks to accomplish each day, it’s easy to let time with your partner and children slip down your priorities.  In the Heavy M.E.T.A.L Program we spend the last session of the year with our participants brainstorming ideas on how we can make this the best Xmas for our family. One thing us men often forget is that our loved ones are also looking forward to the holiday period so that they can spend time with us. This can be a stressful time as we are home usually more than we are normally as we are not working. We do not consider our family’s has expectations and plans of what they would like to do with us because they want to make the best of being with us while we are home. Often this can conflict with the ideas we may have been planning or expecting to do.

2019 Weekend Retreat

18th December 2019 Reading Time: 1 minutes Parenting, General. 874 views.

Here are some highlights from our 2019 Weekend Retreat

Nobody has the right to demean you .... NOBODY

15th December 2019 Reading Time: 1 minute Anger Management, Behavioural Change, Relationships, Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Domestic Violence, Equality, General. 1452 views.

It is not necessarily physical blows that are the most harmful and I certainly do not minimise or dismiss the impact physical abuse has on a partner. In all the years I have been facilitating Mens Behaviour Change Programs and counselling men, it amazes me how as men we are quick to justify our position and quick to take our partners perspective as a personal attack and therefore believe we are justified to attack back.

The silent tragedy affecting today’s children

15th December 2019 Reading Time: 3 minutes General, Communication, Media, Parenting, Relationships, Teenagers. 6547 views.

There is a silent tragedy that is unfolding today in our homes, and concerns our most precious jewels: our children. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! In the last 15 years, researchers have given us increasingly alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in childhood mental illness that is now reaching epidemic proportions:

The barbershop where men go to heal | Matt Brown | TEDxChristchurch

2nd December 2019 Reading Time: 1 minute Media, Men's Health, General. 2157 views.

Matt Brown started his barbershop in a tin shed in his backyard in New Zealand, but he always wanted it to be more than just a place where you go to get a haircut. Having grown up in a violent household, he knew firsthand how important it was for men to have a place where they could be heard, a place where they could be truly seen. In this raw, emotional and unflinching talk, Matt shares what he learned from more than 25,000 hours of talking to men—and letting them be their true selves.

She is not your rehab

28th November 2019 Reading Time: 1 minute General. 1505 views.

Posted on Facebook by She is not your rehab: My Dear Brothers Many of you ask me what we mean by ‘She Is Not Your Rehab’ so I thought I’d put this list together

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression in Men

11th November 2019 Reading Time: 3 minutes General, Men's Health. 549 views.

While we regularly check in with new Mums, take a moment to also ask how Dad is going! Most people are surprised to know that around 1 in 20 men experience depression during their partner’s pregnancy (antenatal) and up to 1 in 10 new dads struggle with depression following the birth of their baby (postnatal).

Would criminalising domestic abuse in Australia help our legal system deal better with domestic violence? #QandA

7th November 2019 Reading Time: 1 minutes Media, General, Domestic Violence. 1078 views.

Let's talk about Men's mental health

27th October 2019 Reading Time: 3 minutes General, Masculinity, Men's Health. 1135 views.

In the past and maybe even still today Men feel they cannot speak out about their Mental Health issues. While the stigma that once surrounded men’s mental health issues is improving, it is still very much there and this needs to change. Male suicide was the leading cause of death in males in 2018.

Being the best you can be

20th October 2019 Reading Time: 4 minutes General, Men's Health, Communication. 631 views.

Society places a lot of pressure on Men.  While the traditional role of a man and the expectations placed on them have changed significantly, in a lot of ways Men have to forget a lot of what they have been taught.  For a long time, men were encouraged to supress their emotions and were expected to be the ‘strong ones’ which in turn takes a massive toll on their mental health.  You only need to look at the troubling statistics surrounding male suicide and men’s mental health to see that this is a problem that needs to be addressed.