Men’s Forum

Facilitated Discussion

“What do MEN really want”

VENUE: Cavanbah Centre, 191 Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour

DATE: Tuesday 14th February at 5.30 pm followed by refreshments


Are you interested in …

  • When men experience a turning point in life such as loss of job or relationship breakdown, they become socially isolated and spend more time alone – Why?
  • How do we engage men in health and well being activities?
  • How do men develop lasting friendships?
  • Depression and suicide issues?

Representatives from Mental Health and other various Men’s services will be attending.

For further information, contact John Mandile 0419 258 023 or Lisa Steward at the Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre 6648 3694

What do men really want?

We know that men are often quick off the mark to offer help. Why then don’t they ask for it? This question seems to be a common topic of conversation in men’s and women’s magazines, social research programmes, families or even amongst friends at the local pub or café.

Everyone has turning points in their life when they feel a bit at sea or out of their comfort zone. This can happen from moving to a new town, health issues, family breakdown, feeling depressed, financial trouble, job insecurity, retirement and so on.

When faced with these events do men say what they want or need? What helps them most? Have they somehow been conditioned to think that they are not real men if they let others see they are vulnerable or unhappy? Is drowning their sorrows with alcohol as good as a chat with a mate whilst fishing?

These very questions and more are the topic of conversation at a meeting to be held at 5.30 pm at Cavanbah Hall on 15th February 2012. If you would like to be part of this community discussion or you are just interested to hear what others have to say, please come along. Both men and women are welcome.

The insights and opinions offered at the meeting will help guide the services offered by a new local programme called MENtors.

This new service aims to engage men who are experiencing difficulties and either put them in touch with health and well-being services or other activity groups in the community, or arrange a male mentor for them, or both. It is also hoping that local men with some spare time will get involved to help mentor men who are going through a tough time. It will be a new opportunity for men from varied back grounds to share their skills, knowledge and experience, building a rich culture of men supporting men.

Welcome to MENtors for Men

Coffs Harbour Jetty
“The MENtors project is about reducing social isolation by supporting men into health and wellbeing activities so that they  gain fulfilment and purpose in their lives and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The programme is based on the Coffs Coast of NSW and is about men supporting men. Its aim is to connect with  men in the community by establishing  peer support, MENtoring networks and services to improve mens physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing and provide them with a sense of belonging and purpose. Often men, after experiencing a major turning point like losing a job, relationship breakdown or retirement, would withdraw and become socially isolated and/or depressed.  It will be a volunteering opportunity for men from varied backgrounds to share their skills, knowledge and experience, building a rich culture of men supporting men.

Photograph by Mike Salway