Bring A Mate
Men who are aged 25 - 55 have one of the highest rates of suicide and involvement in negative escapist behaviours such as drinking, drugs and gambling in Australia.
Bring A Mate encourages men to choose to look after their health by enjoying time with mates in positive ways. We promote men’s health by proactively encouraging men to reduce isolation and imbalance and assisting them to create simple pathways to achieve this.
Pathways may look different in different communities, however the Bring A Mate model comprises the following:
Leadership development – identifying and providing leadership development for community leaders/ Bring A Mate ambassadors.
Education – promoting the BAM concept in the broader community, to businesses and churches
Running & supporting BAM activities – one off events & regular interest groups.
Referral to support services – utilising our network of referral partners for men and their families seeking help.
Our aims are to:
- Increase community participation by men
- Increase community connection for men
- Reduce social isolation for men
- Improve mental health for men
These outcomes will lead to our overall objective of building on strong communities where men are proactively seeking to have:
strength of character
strength of mind
strength of heart
and strength of purpose.