The tide is changing for men, and outdated stereotypes are leaving some mates, dads, sons, uncles, team members, work colleagues and brothers stranded without the tools for a healthy life.
So, as part of our Communicare Academy Wellbeing curriculum, we invited the Tomorrow Man team to present to our male students what makes a good man, supporting their mental health and providing an open and safe environment to discuss suicide prevention.
The presentation had students explore modern day male stereotypes, and they engaged in brain storming to develop their personal toolkit thyat could support their everday lives.
The educational program demonstrated how emotions can be expressed in healthy ways, and encouraged students to 'remove their masks' and shed a tear when needed.
Female students engaged in Tomorrow Woman – a presentation to connect girls with their innate voice, empower them to confidently express their needs and opinions in the moments that matter.
Amidst a barrage of confusing messaging, depression, anxiety, negative body image issues and low self-esteem, our female students were able to practice how to use their voice to rise above social pressures and expectations and learn how to value being brave over being perfect.
During an intermission, one student told us she liked that they were talked to as adults.
"I feel like everyone bonded well and learnt something new," she said.
"They opened up to us and made the conversation more humanising."
Our school hopes to continue to provide these immersive experiential programs for our students to break traditional gender views, change the landscape of masculinity and femininity and question what defines us in a safe space free from judgement.
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