An organisation that aims to redefine masculinity by engaging men in open and honest conversation will hold an event in Cessnock next week.
Tomorrow Man will present A Night With The Blokes at Kearsley Community Hall on Wednesday, November 13.
The free community event encourages to get men "beyond the banter" and having a no-holds-barred conversation about what it means to be a man today and what it will mean tomorrow.
Tomorrow Man holds workshops in workplaces, sporting clubs, schools and communities around Australia, in which they question traditional masculinity norms; explore how men can look after themselves, their mates and families better; and learn about the emotional tools needed for a healthy life.
Tomorrow Man is supported by Gotcha4Life, a non-for-profit mental health foundation that was founded by Triple M radio presenter Gus Worland after he lost a close friend to suicide.
Worland said the Tomorrow Man workshops have had a huge impact on men all over Australia.
In a country where six men take their lives every day, and suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15 to 44, Worland said there's a need for events like these "absolutely everywhere".
"It's a really good opportunity for blokes to come along to a safe space and learn some stuff we were never taught, because we were taught to 'man up and shut up', not 'man up and speak up'," he said.
"We've got to get a bit better between the ears.
"It's only a couple of hours, but it could save your or your mate's life."
Cessnock resident Jonathan Maloney helped bring the workshop to town, and said he hopes it will be the first of many in the local area.
"I believe this will be very beneficial to our community as the mental health epidemic we are currently experiencing is greatly concerning, and I want to do my little bit to help fight it," he said.
Representatives from local schools are encouraged to come along and see what Tomorrow Man is all about, as the organisation also holds workshops for boys in Year 10 and up.
Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The event is open to men aged 16 and over (under-16s must be supervised).
Grab your mates and register for free tickets at tomorrowman.com.au/events/blokesnightcessnock.
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