Positive Role models change lives

mentoring advocacy network

About MAN

Mentoring Advocacy Network (MAN) is a project to promote male role models while raising awareness of the negative effect a rigid view on masculinity has on men’s mental health.

Often, the term masculinity is associated with “toxicity” so we believe it needs a “detox” to break this fixed and rigid view of what a man is, should look like or behave like. 

To break the cycle, we have created a campaign that inspires positive conversations around masculinity and its impact on mental health.

We believe masculinity is a spectrum, and mentoring and positive role models are powerful tools to point men towards various constructive and healthy ways to express masculinity.

There is no one size fits all solution in addressing this issue, but recognising differences in the lives of men and boys at different stages of life and from a range of communities is crucial.

Our world view

The way boys and men express their masculinity is important for their identity, mental health and their communities. A binary view of masculinity is “toxic” and often linked to poor mental health for men of all ages. 

The norms around masculinity vary by race, social status and culture, and this impacts how one expresses their masculinity. 

Mentoring and positive role models are powerful tools to point boys and men at multiple ways to express what it means to be a man, and in turn can reduce the risks of poor mental health, self-harm and isolation. They can in fact be empowered to live fuller, happier and healthier lives.

Mentoring led by positive role models reduces the risks of mental health, self-harm and isolation and empowers men to live fuller, happier and healthier lives. 

#healthymasculinity

Campaign

We are hosting a series of webinars to raise awareness of and engage on men’s issues. We hosted a successful event on the effects toxic masculinity can have on men’s mental health on 19 November 2020. You can find out more about the event here.
 
Join our interactive men’s webinar on managing finances and mental health on 25 March 2021. The webinar aims to provide practical advice on responding to financial and mental health pressures raised by the pandemic. Although the focus of the talks will be on men’s issues, the event is open to everyone.

After you sign up you will receive an email with joining instructions closer to the date of the event. 
 
The event is FREE and tickets are going fast, so make sure you sign up here today or use the button below.  
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 

#healthymasculinity  #mentalhealthmatters

All the above data refers to the UK, except is says otherwise, referencing the most recent reports. 

RESOURCES we put together to raise awareness of men’s issues.

Check out our infographic on men’s issues here.

Blog posts we published : 

The Spectrum of Masculinity – The Toxic End 

What’s healthy about masculinity? (This article is meat-free)

Loneliness shouldn’t be a stigma and six tips what to do about it

You can support us to promote #healthymasculinity and positive male role models by donating whatever amount you can give here or the link below. 

Your support will play a crucial part in enabling us to have the necessary resources to build a solid social media campaign, secure speakers for the event in November and much more.

Get Involved

Get in touch to learn how you can get involved, what we do or just to say hello.