Nic Tovey said The New Man Project gave teens aged 13-18 an opportunity to explore what manhood meant to them while gaining the social, emotional and psychological skills to navigate the transition from adolescent to young man.
“I believe that our men and boys are in a state of crisis,” Mr Tovey said.
“When we examine the majority of social problems in our community; crime, violence, drug and alcohol-related issues, homelessness, etc, we notice that behind most cases we find a man, or, more accurately, a scared young boy in a man’s skin.
“When we consider these facts alongside the much higher suicide rates for men compared [with] women and the increasing mortality age gap between men and women, we have to see that there is a problem which, unfortunately, is being ignored.
“This is not a man’s problem, it is a community problem because we are all affected by it.”
Mr Tovey, who runs a counselling service in Cronulla and holds fortnightly men’s groups, says the course helps participants discover who they are, how to recognise and use their gifts, how to develop emotional awareness, communication and conflict resolution skills, and teaches them to act responsibly and respectfully.
Details: The course starts at Sutherland PCYC on March 5 for six consecutive Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm. Cost is $225. Phone: 0404 850 143.
TAP INTO EMOTIONS
Ever wondered why your son seems angry?
Leading parenting expert and author Michael Grose wrote on his website last year that boys found it difficult to express the four big emotions.
‘‘Boys can legitimately show happiness and anger,’’ he wrote. ‘‘That is all the boy/male code allows.
‘‘[But] when you can’t show sadness or fear then everything comes out as anger.’’
He suggested parents helped their sons tap into their emotions of anger and happiness by first acknowledging those emotions before helping them manage them.
He said a father’s ability to acknowledge his own feelings was often the first step in helping boys reduce their anger.
Do boys today have it tough?
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