It’s commonly known that men generally bottle up their feelings and prefer not to talk about what’s going on in their lives. This is one of the reasons that men today make up 7 out of every 9 suicides, every single day in Australia*.
It was this knowledge that spurred The Man Walk initiative to be created – a local walk that gets men together and promotes a healthy and regular way to walk, talk and support each other. Adam White, Redcliffe’s local “manbassador” gave Peninsula Life the run (walk) down on the local walk and how you can get involved.
The Man Walk Australia Incorporated is a not-for-profit association, based
in Kiama, New South Wales. The Man Walk has been in operation for over 18months and within the last 9months, The Man Walk has grown to coordinate 68 active walks, each supporting men’s physical, social and mental wellbeing in communities all around Australia.
Redcliffe has one of the largest groups of Walkers in Australia. Meeting at the Redcliffe Jetty every Tuesday and Saturday morning at 6.30am, the guys walk for around 45 – 60mins. The Man Walk even recently celebrated its 100th Walk here in Redcliffe, which saw over 130 walkers walk, talk and support.
“We pride ourselves on treating every new walker like our longest participating walker. It’s funny how a simple introduction and a long-running joke of introducing everyone in the group as “mate” takes away that initial anxiety, and a smile and laughter follows, putting everyone at ease,” says Adam.
“I encourage any man out there to join us for a walk, or even join our Facebook group and see what we are all about. It has personally helped me because I started the Man Walk here in Redcliffe when I was struggling mentally and emotionally, and on those darkest days when I thought rock bottom had a basement, just getting out there and walking by myself at first made the world of difference.”
The Man Walk is a simple concept designed to strengthen communities, build social capital and combat isolation by connecting men to walk, talk and support.
The Man Walk allows men to get together and walk and talk in a positive and inclusive environment. There is no judgement, pressure or expectations. Just turn up when you feel like it, walk with a group of like-minded blokes, and be a part of a community.
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