Mindful Men was started in 2021 to help normalise discussions about mental health. The aim is to encourage boys and men to open up, get vulnerable and deal with the issues that are troubling them.

Our activity at Nurture Festival will be a beanbag throw to hit targets labelled with words/concepts associated with mental illness. E.g. shame, stigma, silence, isolation, loneliness, crazy, depressed, anxious, etc.

My therapeutic approach is informed by the founder, Simons’ lived experience of mental illness, but also his life as a husband, father and bloke. Simon is a qualified Social Worker, with 15 years experience in the Australian Public Service (APS); including working for the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Border Force, and more recently, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as a Senior Planner.

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