Authors: Bradley Foxlewin
Event: 2015 TheMHS Summer Forum
Subject: MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH, RECOVERY INTERVENTIONS, THEMHS SUMMER FORUM, LIVED EXPERIENCE, PERSONAL STORIES
Type of resource: Audio
Abstract: This presentation assumes the position that environments, that is, places and people, have a strong role in healing, inverting the traditional reliance on medical/chemical interventions.
The emphasis is on Rhythmic, Repetitive Relationships, modeled from Government and communities through to family interventions. People with a trauma history have to come into relationships to complete the gaps in their development.
Young men who feel isolated by their experiences may try to align with dominant understandings of masculinity in order to ‘pass’ in the world, often leading to a further sense of alienation.
For refugees, migrants, Aboriginal people and everyone suffering alienation, a sense of self comes from sense of place – of belonging in a community that gives permission to be vulnerable, to talk about lived experience, to gain emotional literacy, to be sustained by supportive relationships. Instead of stigma and discrimination, our communities must model safety and permission to be vulnerable.