Many men struggle with poor mental health, and many men and their communities are being harmed by outdated systems of masculinity we see all around us.
One in five boys are likely to experience depression before they are 18. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young men under the age of 25 and 3/4 of those suicides are completed by men. Further, over 90% of sexual abuse and 95% of family violence is committed by men.
Supporting boys, specifically, to develop a positive and healthy masculinity and identity gives men – and all genders – a better shot at life.
The research shows that boys and young men are more likely to benefit from programs and settings that are familiar, ‘male- friendly’ and fundamentally non-judgmental. Such programs build on the strengths of young men, rather than focus on deficits, and these are the pillars of our work.