I can usually tell when something is bugging Practical Man but getting him to open up about what's eating him is usually harder than drawing blood from the proverbial stone. His behaviour is not that unusual. Many men find it hard to open up about what they're feeling.
So I was excited when I came across Mensline Australia today, a mental health support website specifically dedicated to men of all ages. Mensline Australia is managed by Crisis Support Services, a not-for-profit community organisation and is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) as part of the department’s Men and Family Relationships initiative, launched in 1997. The initiative offers a range of services and programs to support men in managing family and relationship difficulties.
It offers a wealth of support information in areas such communication in relationships, relationship breakdown, fathering from a distance, family violence and so on.
There is a specific youth section which has information on depression and anger management, being a first time father (coincidentally, I just read an article on post-natal depression in men), unplanned pregnancy, drinking responsibly, same sex attraction amongst others.
The site also has sections for the Arabic, Indigenous and Vietnamese communities.
There's an online forum and a 24 hour support line run by trained professionals (1300 789978 - Australia only).