We know that increasing young men’s resilience improves their overall wellbeing and their ability to grow and get through the tougher times in life. We also know that it improves relationships - with their family, with their partner, and with their classmates or work colleagues.
We know that the work we do in helping young guys then has a ripple effect on the community; it contributes to reducing crime, family violence, anti-social behaviour, isolation - even suicide. It has never been more important to increase the resilience of our young people than it is in 2020.
Every six months we survey teachers, principals, parents, and young guys (over 18) on the impact our programs have had on everyone involved, whether directly or indirectly.
This report shows that that’s what we’re delivering on, time and time again.
We assess impacts on a five-point scale from very negative to very positive across sixteen personal and social impact areas, as well as asking them about their general satisfaction with the program and whether they would recommend it to others.
Where respondents have included qualitative feedback or general comments, we have included that as well.
This report includes highlights of the responses, as well as the summarised data tables further down.
We will continue to publish this report on a six-monthly basis.
Each year we undertake an impact survey of our programs including Mentoring, Counselling, P.R.I.D.E. and Silence is Deadly. This survey, developed in conjunction with the University of Canberra, helps us to show the community, our supporters, the government and most importantly, the next young guys and mums we meet, that what we do works.
Download the report, read our latest results below, watch the stories from our young guys and get involved any way you can. What we do works - but only because of you.
What we do works. The proof is in the lives of the young guys that we help to change. This is their story, we just become an important chapter for them as they are writing it.
Everyone has a story. In our Menslink community, the stories include moments that are truly tough for our young guys. There are moments where things go very wrong, small problems turn into big ones and sometimes it looks like there is no way out.
But this doesn't need to be the end, it can just be a beginning to a new story. Hear from Luke and listen to his story and the moment where it all changed for him.
His life story changed when he met his Menslink mentor for the first time (and it didn't go to plan) and he made some choices which meant he started writing a different chapter.
Luke's story is a powerful one worth hearing.
Xavier Duffy met Menslink at a time of real need in his life. He'd hit rock bottom, suffered some bad luck and was left to make some really hard choices. He was in a very dark place.
Menslink counselling helped him out of that dark place. Seven years later, he's kicking goals, runs a successful business employing other young (and old) blokes in Canberra and has never looked back.
Xavier also gives back to Menslink by being a major sponsor of ours and is also always on the lookout for mental health issues in his staff and mates.
Silence is Deadlier in Isolation
Silence has always been deadly. When COVID-19 forced us to self isolate at home to protect our community in Canberra the game changed. The hassles at home, hassles at school and hassles online got amplified. And Menslink wasn't about to ignore any of our young guys in our community.
Now is the time to stay connected and reach out for help. If you need help and you're a young guy in Canberra aged 10-25 yrs - get in touch. if you can help a mate, do it. It's not weak to speak.
Thanks to the Canberra Raiders who jumped in on this campaign with our young guys to help share this important message.