Need immediate support?

If you are in need of urgent support or are worried about someone, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.  If life is in danger call 000.

Please note, The Man Cave itself does not provide counselling, 1-1 services or crisis intervention. However, below are a list of services that can provide help.  You can also contact your local doctor who can refer you to a mental health professional.

Other contacts for students

Remember, there are plenty of people who you can turn to for support including friends; parents/guardians and other adults you trust; extended family members, teachers and well-being officers plus school counsellors and chaplains.

Mental Health Services

Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800
Sexual Assault Line — 1800 806 292
Smiling Mind — www.smilingmind.com.au
Reachout — www.au.reachout.com
beyondblue — www.beyondblue.org.au
Headspace — www.headspace.com.au
Indigenous Health — www.sewbmh.org.au
Rainbow Network — www.rainbownetwork.com.au
Eating Disorders — www.eatingdisorders.com.au

Other contacts for Parents/Guardians and Educators

Here are some links that you might find useful to better understand young men and how best to support them in their journey to adulthood.

The Man Box Study by Jesuit Social Services – this study explains more about the difficulties for young men of being stuck in ‘the man box’ and its negative impacts

Lost Connections by Johann Hari – a fascinating, insightful and timely read which explores the root causes of depression and anxiety

The Making of Men by Dr Arne Rubinstein – for those looking to better understand some of the theory behind raising healthy young men

The Rites of Passage Institute – near Byron Bay, ROPI runs camps for boys and their parents

Raising Children Network – a great hub of resources for parents and guardians supporting a variety of issues relating to young men

The Mask You Live in (Facebook page) – a US organisation that posts great content and has released a documentary looking at the issues young people face with hyper-masculinity

Maggie Dent (Facebook Page) – a charismaticAustralian Mum who raised four boys and now educates parents around Australia

Anne Hubbard – a parenting expert who runs independent programs for parents

Culture Reframed – education and resources to build resilience and resistance to hyper-sexualised media and porn

GameAware – helping gamers and families optimise play, perspective and resilience

Man Up Docuseries on ABC – a 3-part docuseries that looks into the causes of men’s mental health in Australia

Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing by David Leser – explores misogyny, patriarchy and the #MeToo movement