Vote Today! TAS Men's Health Awards Shortlist

There are four shortlisted nominations for the 2019 TAS Men's Health Awards. You have until Sunday 2nd June to cast your vote.

The nominations for TAS are listed below and you can cast your vote now using this online voting form.

During Men’s Health Week, on Wednesday 12th June 2019, we'll be in Hobart to announce the winner of the TAS Men's Health Awards for 2019 and publishing our report card on the State of Men's Health in TAS.

You can book a free place to join us in Hobart  at 9.30am on Wednesday 12th June, but before you be sure to cast your vote for one of the nominees listed below:

 

DADS GROUP INC (TASMANIA)

Dads Group Inc (Tasmania) says there is little support for new Tasmanian dads during the early months and years of parenting. They are committed to connecting young dads by inviting them to join one of their three existing dads’ groups or to start their own. 

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Becoming a dad is a special, challenging and often isolating time in a man’s life. DGI is male-friendly because it is targeted at men and run by dads for dads. They run an online group where dads can connect informally as well as monthly face-to-face catchups for dads and their kids.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Dads Group Inc launched in Tasmania in February and has groups in Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone, supporting 300 dads of young children who regularly attend a catch ups. They say they are reducing isolation through a support network where dads are made to feel comfortable to share their experiences, seek advice, create long-lasting friendships, and feel safe to talk about their feelings in a very casual setting.

 

RAW (RURAL ALIVE AND WELL)

Rural Alive and Well helps individuals, families and communities through mental health issues with a focus on suicide prevention. More than half of the people its rural outreach workers engage with are men. RAW prides itself in being “your mate in tough times”

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

RAW’s service is delivered through Outreach Workers with expertise in building rapport and trust with men in the community. The organisation employs people with real-life experiences that men can connect with. Staff include a former baker, a truck driver, a firefighter, an engineer and men lived experience and of mental illness and suicidality. RAW’s team use male-friendly language and rather than talk about “help seeking”, focus on men building skills, gaining strategies and working out a plan to get back to full strength.

What Impact Is The Project Making?

RAW says it is helping to create resilience and capacity of men, their families and the community to react to challenging life experiences. It operates statewide with 16 staff and a 24/7 crisis phone line. Outreach Workers are on-ground offering support during events such as bush fires, floods and droughts.

 

TASMEN (MEN WITH HEART EXHIBITION)

Tasmen says it has been delivering deep and powerful men’s work, that has drawn men from across the country for over 20 years. In 2018, Tasmen created the Men With Heart exhibition, a positive portrayal of men and masculinity that uses images captured at Tasmen’s events by photographer Paul Hoelen.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Tasmen has consistently delivered programs such as the Tasmanian Men’s Gathering that are created by men for men.  They train and practice the provision of a safe non-judgemental and respectful space that provides powerful and open sharing between men. Tasmen say the exhibition is a bold step to ‘come out’ as men with heart, to share some of the diversity, challenge, power and beauty of men connecting deeply in their own space and time. 

What Impact Is The Project Making?

The exhibition continues to reach new audiences and has increased participation in Tasmen’s gatherings. Comments from women have included this one; “how wonderful to see real men loving and being loved”.  Feedback from men include this comment: “I’ve been told for years it wasn’t ok to be a man… to be me.  But these Photos show that’s absolutely, categorically wrong!”

 

SPEAK UP! STAY CHATTY

Mitch McPherson founded SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY after losing his brother to suicide. Mitch aims to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention, and encourage people to support one another and seek help when they need it.

What Makes This A Male-Friendly Project?

Mitch is a glazier by trade with experience of working within a male-dominated industry. His supporters say that by sharing his lived experience, he shows there is no shame in reaching out for help if you’re struggling, and how important it is to look out for and support our mates in a meaningful way

What Impact Is The Project Making?

Mitch has delivered more than 600 presentations, grown a program that now employs five people and attracted 25,000 followers on Faceboo

SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY now reaches hundreds of Tasmanian schools, workplaces, community groups and sporting clubs.

Mitch is determined that people, in particular men, learn from his story so they don’t have to experience it themselves. His supporters say his story and his experience are changing the way men view mental health and suicide, and the way they are connecting with one another in difficult times.

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