Unit 6

Connecting with Young Men

Aim of Workshop

To assist a broad range of practitioners to effectively engage with young men on mental health and wellbeing issues.


  • Demonstrate why we need to work with young men as a specific group.
  • Help participants to reflect on their own value base, experience, attitudes towards, and expectations of young men.
  • Explore the world of young men, the issues that they face, and the opportunities that exist to engage with them.
  • Model and offer practical suggestions on what works.
  • Increase the confidence of participants in relation to working with young men, and help them to believe that ‘it can be done’.

One Day Workshop Programme Outline


Arrival / settling-in

  • Registration
  • Tea / coffee
  • Pre-training evaluation (if applicable)

Welcome, scene setting, and creating a safe space

  • Welcome and thanks for coming
  • Housekeeping announcements
  • Background to ‘Connecting with Young Men’
  • Model of working together
  • Group contract / ground rules

Why focus on young men?

  • Do we need to specifically focus on the needs of young men?
  • Key issues facing young men

Young men: a positive force rather than a problem to be solved

  • Young men as people of worth rather than a problem to be solved
  • Strengths-based and salutogenic approaches
  • Images of young men
  • The ‘light’ and the ‘dark’ in young men’s lives
  • Empathy, and starting where young men are at

Comfort Break


Bags and baggage

  • Personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to working with young men

How are you smart?




The journey into manhood

  • Multiple intelligences
  • Learning styles


  • Key moments / events / occasions that mark a significant transition between childhood and manhood



Connecting with young men

  • Challenges and barriers to help seeking
  • Coping strategies
  • Opportunities for support

Comfort break


Top tips for engaging young men

  • Key features of a ‘young man friendly service’
  • Do’s and don’ts when working with young men

Bringing it all together

  • Recap on the day
  • Signposting to further resources
  • Feedback / evaluation
  • Closing round


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