Traralgon will host two community workshops in December to help men to reduce stress, improve their confidence and resilience, and communicate better with the people around them.
The one-day “Put Your Hand Up” sessions are facilitated by James Greenshields and are part of a national campaign to improve men’s health and wellbeing. James is an ex-Australian Army Major who recovered from post-traumatic stress after his armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.
Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), the VRI and the Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House are proud to support the workshops, which were instigated by Bec Olsson, a passionate member of the local community.
Jo Huggins, Senior Manager Gippsland at RAV, said that members of the Gippsland community had experienced some challenging times recently.
“We know that many people in Gippsland have been impacted by recent events or circumstances, including farmers with dairy industry price cuts, and workers and their families following the Hazelwood Power Station closure announcement,” Ms Huggins said.
“When such events happen, people can feel stressed and anxious. This can have a flow on effect that places pressure on relationships. We want to support our local community to prevent this from happening.”
“We’re pleased to support “Put Your Hand Up”. These workshops are designed to help our community to manage these challenges, look after their mental health and strengthen their relationships. At RAV, we know how fundamental healthy, safe, respectful relationships are to health and wellbeing.”
During the sessions participants hear from real people who provide real solutions gained from personal experience.
Ms Huggins said that “it can be really helpful for people to hear how others have dealt with similar situations or challenges and to learn some practical strategies that they can take away and use.”
Although primarily designed to help men improve their mental health and relationships, women are encouraged to attend a “Put Your Hand Up” event.
“Women who have attended in the past have found that the strategies are also relevant to them and their self-care. It’s also a great opportunity to find out more about men’s mental health and wellbeing, and how to support a male partner, family member or friend, particularly when dealing with difficult circumstances” Ms Huggins said.
“I encourage anyone who wants to be inspired, learn practical strategies to cope with difficult times, strengthen their relationships or support someone they care about, to come along.”
“Put Your Hand Up” will run from 9am to 5:30pm on Wednesday 14 December, and again on Thursday 15 December at the VRI in Traralgon. This is a by-donation event: attendance is free, however donations at the door are welcome.
For bookings or more information visit www.putyourhandupaustralia.org/gippsland
RAV is a valued provider of specialist family and relationship services. Our vision is for positive, safe and respectful relationships for couples, families, schools, workplaces and communities. RAV provides a diverse range of services to strengthen relationships and social connections from 12 centres and additional outreach locations across Victoria, including in Traralgon and Gippsland.
Media enquiries: Jo Huggins, Centre Manager. Ph: (03) 5175 9500
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