Advice for Parents

A little help goes a long way

Most referrals to Menslink come from parents of young men under 25. Many are single mums. We also get referrals from grandparents, older brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts.

They turn to Menslink to help the young man overcome:

  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Conflict with family, friends or school
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Difficulties coping with life events, experiences or challenges
  • Anger, frustration or fear
  • Challenges with school rules or the law
  • Difficulties engaging with people or activities

If you are a parent, relative or carer of a young man, we provide free mentoring and counselling for guys aged 12-25 (counselling) or 13-18 (mentoring).

Which program or service is right for my son?

Mentoring is really useful when a young guy is socially isolated and/or just needs an adult male role model in his life to help steer him on the right path.

Mentoring also involves monthly group activities that can be fun, challenging and help the young guy grow. These range from movie and pizza nights to camping, sailing, indoor rock climbing, footy games and even the theatre.

Counselling provides additional support for a young guy to get through tough times. A counsellor is a trained professional who can help him deal with relationship difficulties, anger management, bullying, impulse control or mild depression and anxiety.

Some of our young men just need one program. Others might start in one program and eventually be supported by both. Others move from one to the other depending on their circumstances and how they feel at the time.

If you’re unsure about what is right for your son, have a look through our counselling and mentoring pages. Ask your son to have a look through them and discuss it together. You can always give us a call too.

If you think your son would benefit from mentoring, counselling or both simply fill out this online referral and we'll be in touch within 2 business days.

Sometimes we may not be the right fit…

While we make every attempt to help young men and their families, we are also conscious of our own capabilities.

Sometimes a young man is experiencing challenges that require specialist or professional services that Menslink does not have. Examples may include: sexual abuse trauma, serious mental illness or impairment, chronic alcohol or drug addiction, crisis support (including homelessness or domestic violence).

This page from Youth Beyond Blue may help if you’re not sure whether your son needs counselling, a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

Menslink is also unable to provide direct financial or other support to young men outside of our main programs, regardless of the adversity in their lives. However, Menslink will always attempt to assist any young man in need, even if that assistance means referring him or his family to the best agency or specialist service provider able to help.

Other places that can help:

EveryMan Australia: Counselling for men aged 18+ (02 6230 6999).

Headspace: A range of counselling and other services for all young people (02 6201 5343).

Lifeline: 24 hour crisis counselling to anyone in need (13 11 14).

Reach Out: A great online information service for young people and their parents.

Kids Helpline: Online info and 24 hour crisis counselling (phone, web and email) for young people up to age 25 (1800 551 800).

 

Feedback

If we’ve been able to help or make a difference to your family or someone you know, then you might like to help us do the same for other young men in need.

Here are a few ways to show support:

Send us feedback: Telling us about the difference we’ve made in someone’s life is what gets us out of bed in the morning. It inspires us to keep doing what we do!

Write us a letter or testimonial: If you’re happy for us to share your story publicly (even if it’s anonymous) it can be really useful to show other parents, young guys, sponsors and funding bodies – which helps us help more young blokes.

Donate: Financial donations allow us to fund our valuable work.

Volunteer: Get involved!

Events: Attend one of our events to help spread the word about the work we do.

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