How We Function
Speak Up Mate functions through its meeting or events. These meetings or events consist of various evidence based activity’s as well as provide grounds for social support.
Background of Thinking
Men are notorious for keeping things to themselves and for many reasons such as fear, shame, guilt, and resentment. Under the guise of “show no weakness” over react, disengage, or shut down. This pervasive need to keep problems to themselves can harbor unresolved feelings that may be regarding interpersonal issues, finances or trauma. These feelings may lead to maladapitve behaviours such as addiction, gambling, excessive spending, and high risk taking behaviours to feel alive or manage the stress. These unresolved issues and maladaptive behaviours may lead to mental health issues, an under belly that many men carry like weight on their shoulders. This complex psychological process can create painful rumination that can be charactarised as self-blame, decreasing sense of self or self-worth, leading to self-annihilation (internalization), or anger at the world (externalization) which may lead to violence towards others.