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Social Connections and Relationships

Men and women need more than just passing acquaintances to be healthy. Part of the reasoning behind the men's sheds movement is to encourage the kinds of social interactions among peers around hobbies, sport, family etc that helps to promote better health.

These resources provide evidence and resources for improving the way that systems and services can become structured to facilitate better social connections among men.

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Journal Of Epidemiology & Community Health: Family Matters More For Men's Well-Being

Research from the University College London published in August 2012 reveals that there is a direct connection between the size of a person's social network and their psychological wellbeing. For men more than women, there is a benefit from the extended social networks that come from having a partner.

Dads Doing It For Their Kids Poster

COPMI: Dads Doing It For Your Kids Campaign

COPMI produces resources for health workers and fathers that promote involvement in family health by fathers. Usually this is based around contexts of family environments managing mental illness but the resources available are useful for engaging fathers in most contexts.

Men And Separation - Navigating The Future

Relationships Australia: Men And Separation - Navigating The Future

Separation can be a highly traumatic process for both men and women. This booklet provides a guide for men going through divorce or separation, offering a resource that can help them manage the trauma more effectively.

Dept of Veterans' Affairs Men's Health Peer Education

Men's Health Peer Education: Men's Social Connectedness

This issue of the Men's Health Peer Education (MHPE) stresses the importance of social connectedness and its benefits to men's health and wellbeing.

Beyond Blue: Men's Social Connectedness

Men may find it difficult to maintain social connections throughout their middle years (30 -65 years). This research aims to increase understanding for how men perceive and experience social connectedness, identify the tools that will assist men to develop stronger ties and what causes them to lose their social connections.

Renovate Your Relationship

Relationships Australia: Renovate Your Relationship Toolkit

This booklet presents managing and repairing relationships in the form of a toolkit of techniques. This approach can make it more engaging and accessible for men who are used to dealing with repair guides or manuals and is therefore more likely to be actioned.


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