MEN AND FAMILIES – Keeping Boys and Men Healthy

Men's Health Week 10-16 June 2019.

We are offering a free month of yoga to all men who have not been to Zenko before. 

Event Date 01-06-2019
Event End Date 30-06-2019

This train the trainer program focuses on
preventative health for males at work - encouraging
employers and managers to deliver health checks and
programs for males, encourage health promotion
activities to have a specific focus on males, raise
awareness on chronic diseases among males and
deliver evidence-based health promotional messages
to males.

Name: Mal Fraser
Phone: 0740910263
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Event Date 13-06-2019 8:00 am
Event End Date 12-09-2019 4:00 pm

About Chris
I had a 22-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type One while I was away in 2004 on attachment as the Head Coach of the RAAF National Rugby Union Team, I was aged forty at the time and was subsequently medically discharged from the Air Force in 2006.
I basically took my medication and thought that would be it for my Bipolar but in 2009 it came back in a big manic way; I lost my job as a Mining Sales Manager, separated from my wife and daughter and spent over a hundred thousand dollars. I then went through a stage of having a manic high episode yearly followed by bouts of depression. There is always a huge cost to me losing a relationship or job or sometimes both.
I experienced bouts of Severe Depression, where thoughts of Suicide entered my mind, if not for thoughts of my daughter Jasmine, I not sure where it may have led. I am also very thankful for my friend Jaye for her continued support and for sharing the story of losing her own mother when she was a teenager; also for the tools and technique’s she has taught me to stress-less.
I have been in the Public Mental Health system including Nambour Hospital a number of times. Each time I have learnt and grown and become more resilient. I currently use a Bipolar Management Plan and a number of strategies to remain well at work and home.
Five out of seven my manic episodes I have had the police involved, with them taking me to hospital. One episode in January 2012 I had charges filed of Assault of Police, Public Nuisance and Driving Under the Influence. Luckily I had these charges dropped through the Mental Health Court.
2012 was a bad year for me with three episodes; I was on my medication in the lead up to each episode. I realise now that having Bi Polar is bloody hard work and you need a variety of treatments to manage the Illness. It’s 2019 now and I have only had one episode since 2012 due to Jaye, my Bipolar Management Plan and other strategies.
The song by Soul Asylum “Runaway Train” has some great lines that bring back memories.
“Like a madman laughing' at the rain
Little out of touch, a little insane”
One episode I have been Manic dancing in the rain one night in Brisbane CBD, dressed only in a T-shirt; I guess people watching would have thought, a little out of touch a little insane. This book came from my owned lived experience of Depression. These are suggestions to get you out of bed, off the couch, to the kitchen or outside. Anything to get you out of the dark place, if you cannot get out of bed you cannot see a specialist or doctor when needed.
I realised from these experiences that with Depression you are hurting that much, that you just want the pain to go away, and you think about options to do this. In a Mania episode the thoughts are more of an impulse and you are not concerned about the consequences. I hope some of my words and pictures inspire you to choose a different path, one of better health.
Chris Filmer - Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Mental Health Advocate – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 0499 592 112

Event Date 25-06-2019 8:30 am
Event End Date 25-06-2019 10:30 am

Explore Healthy Masculinity – Manhood weekend embodies a community of men that have been supporting each other for over twenty years. Come along to relax in the bushland, participate in workshops, share ideas and laughs with other men. This is an open ground to navigate bringing the best of yourself to being a man.

This year's theme, in the wake of #metoo, is healthy masculinity - but you get to define what that means for you.

It's a men's weekend of community, belonging, acceptance, yarns, laughter, food, nature and workshops.

We see the pain of so many men around us... and we offer a firm handshake without judgement or condemnation, and the company of a few good men who might just remind you of who you are as a man. Manhood is a non-discriminatory space - ALL men over 18 are welcome.

The weekend has a varied program of facilitated workshops to foster the wellbeing of men, healthy relationships, families, personal growth and community. You are welcome to join any workshop you like, or none at all.

Enquiries/information - Find us on Facbeook https://www.facebook.com/Manhoodgathering/ or phone Rob on 0410 174 276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Name: Rob Booth
Phone: 0410 174 276
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Event Date 08-11-2019 4:00 pm
Event End Date 10-11-2019 3:00 pm

The Maleny Community Men’s Mouse has be operating since 1996.

Please contact Michael Laughing Wolf for more details
Phone: 0416577079
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Event Date To be confirmed


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West Syd UniCHAMPIONING MALE HEALTH Brought to you by the Men's Health Information & Resource Centre

The Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre received funding from the Australian Government.


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