Mornington Peninsula Shire is proud to announce VicHealth funding of $120,000 over two years to advance gender equality and improve health and wellbeing of men, boys and broader community by addressing outdated masculine stereotypes.
Research shows that the pressure on men to follow outdated stereotypes of masculinity is contributing to their anxiety, depression, risky drinking and violence against women.
In partnership with specialist family services provider, Family Life, the Shire will deliver the ‘Men and Boys Making It Happen’ project which aims to engage and empower men and boys across the Peninsula to help raise awareness of how rigid gender roles hold men back from living healthy, happy lives.
To help achieve this, the Shire and Family Life will work with Jesuit Social Services to deliver a series of training and education opportunities for Peninsula men and boys who wish to become allies, mobilising them to support others within the local community to challenge unhealthy gender stereotypes and break the stigma around men’s mental health.
Training will be based on the Jesuit Social Services ‘The Man Box’ study which reveals young Australian men freed from outdated gender stereotypes enjoy better physical and mental health.
The project is currently in the initial planning phase. Updates will be posted on this website as the project progress into awareness raising, engagement and education activities.
For more information about the project contact Jodie Belyea Community Change Manager Family Life at email@example.com