Male role models are extremely important for young children, so a new local men’s group with the aim to support good men in our community has the potential to have an effect felt through the generations.
Founder Michael Jacobs of Kingston set up the group in September, and said he felt moved to do so to help remove the stigma he felt surrounded men reaching out for support.
“With everything going on in society I think there are a lot of men doing it tough, but there is still some shame around reaching out and asking for support,” said Michael.
“This is somewhere blokes can come along, talk to each other, form a support for each other. I really want it to build up men so that they can start to feel good and offer something positive to the community.
“So many men have this kind of ‘caveman syndrome’ where they spend too much time alone, and if they do reach out for support they are worried they will be treated with suspicion.
“Depression is rife among men and a lot haven’t really been taught to open up.”
Michael said the group was going well, attracting more than a dozen men each week.
“We’ve got a great, really diverse group,” he said.
Great Mates Meet is held each Friday from 9.30am at Kingston East Neighbourhood Group. All men are welcome to attend.