MEDIA RELEASE: Top Blokes helps more parents talk to their sons about mental health, drugs and porn

Updated: Nov 18

Sydney, NSW – On International Men’s Day, Top Blokes Foundation will host a virtual webinar event to help more parents have conversations with their sons on topics like mental health, masculinity, drugs, alcohol, pornography, peer pressure and more.


Starting at 8pm AEDT on Thursday, 19th November, the ‘Let’s Talk Young Men’s Health’ webinar will deliver a series of presentations on methods of engaging boys. With 14 years of experience working with young males, Top Blokes knows a thing or two about having conversations on the awkward but important topics.


“Through our programs, Top Blokes has been mentoring young men on the tough topics for over a decade, and we get so many questions from parents who are struggling to do the same and want to know how,” says Sarah, Top Blokes Foundation’s Community Fundraising Coordinator.


“There seems to be a fear that these topics are too awkward or complex to talk about, so we’re putting together this virtual event for parents to talk them through how our mentors have been able to connect with boys in our programs. Those who attend will also get the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the speakers,” says Sarah.


Alongside Top Blokes mentors, special guest speakers include Australian pro surfer and The Good Human Factory founder, Cooper Chapman, elite health and performance coach and mental health and masculinity mentor, Dylan Roos, and celebrated Australian parenting educator and author of seven major books, including “Mothering Our Boys” and “From Boys To Men”, Maggie Dent.


“A key part of this is supporting parents, teachers and other 'lighthouses' in young men's lives to better understand what's going on for our adolescent boys and how we can guide and support them with warmth and compassion to grow into being healthy, happy men. This is why webinars like this are so valuable,” says Maggie.


Those interested in the event can purchase their tickets here: https://events.humanitix.com/let-stalk-young-men-s-health-on-international-men-s-day.


Top Blokes Foundation runs group mentoring programs for young males aged 10 to 24 in schools and organisations. Delivered by qualified youth workers over 3 to 6 months, young men are upskilled on topics pertinent to young male health and develop critical thinking, positive decision-making and leadership skills with the goal of reducing the rates of poor mental health and antisocial behaviours in males. In doing so, Top Blokes works to improve young men’s mental health and well-being, as well as their relationships with the communities around them.


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Sarah Hallab at sarah@topblokes.org.au or on 0430 384 677.


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