Release date: Fri, 16th, Jun. 2017

A call to arms for young men 

headspace has joined forces with local barber, Musket and Bayonet and Zambrero Restaurant to create Arms & Armour, a unique program for young men commencing on Friday 5th July.

1 in 4 young people between the ages of 16-25 experience mental health concerns. Social isolation is a leading cause of anxiety and depression in young men. Disconnection from friends, family and the community is a major risk factor for increased mental illness. Arms & Armour is a nine week program providing a social hub for men aged between 18 and 25 years old.

A Beyond Blue Study in 2014 found that of males aged between 18-24 years, 4.3% had experienced depression and 9.3% had experienced anxiety in the previous 12 months. A network of positive social relationships provides a source of support, meaning and guidance which can influence long-term health outcomes.

Arms & Armour will meet fortnightly from Friday 5th July at Musket and Bayonet. Sessions will include an informal discussion around a weekly topic to include: male identity, parenting skills, and gender equality. Free trims and barbershop services will be available and dinner will be provided free by Zambrero.

Program coordinator, Andy Penny said, "Arms & Armour is a great opportunity to chat, to connect with mates and share experiences. Teaming up with Musket and Bayonet and Zambrero guarantees it's going to be a good night out".

headspace is now taking applications from young men interested in getting involved in Arms & Armour. Applications can be made online or by calling headspace on 03 5304 4777.

Arms & Armour

Commencing Friday 7 July 2017

Musket and Bayonet