One for the Blokes

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One for the Blokes is a programme that began at Wellington City Council which encourages men to talk about their 'stuff'. Men are not known for sharing, and it is possible for men to do this while retaining their 'blokeiness'.

It's a two-hour workshop facilitated by a team of four, including Pete Roe of Wellintown and Mike Scott and Phil Becker of Wellington City Council.

During the workshop, facilitators talk about what happens to your body and your brain when you feel down, and then Mike and Phil share their experiences of their struggles then of how they successfully manage now.

For One for the Blokes creator Trish Knight, it was important the workshops also had to have an element of humour as well as be realistic.

Since then, the council has seen almost 400 staff attend the workshops and thanks to the Mental Health Foundation and the Red Cross, the workshops have been delivered to over 250 men in Christchurch.

One for the Blokes is now one of the projects that comes under the Mental Health Foundation's national men's wellbeing programme.

We are partnering with organisations like the Men's Health Trust and supporting Men's Health Month in June 2016.

MHF contact

Sophia Graham
09 623 4810

sophia.graham@mentalhealth.org.nz