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Mens Groups for Christchurch Earthquake Support

( Mensline Christchurch and the Canterbury Mens Centre are teaming up to support men through the post-earthquake adjustment period.

They are sponsoring a Mens Earthquake Debrief 7 April only.

It will be a chance for men to pool information about what has been going on, share advice, and to hear the stories of others who have had similar experiences.

“It’s a stressful time” said Mensline facilitator Peter Moore. “It helps to know that you are not the only one who has lost your job or your house or both. It helps to talk about it.”

Moore believes that men benefit from getting useful tips on how to manage from others. “Sharing ideas about how to de-stress, or cope with a wife or kids who need destressing is so helpful,” he said. “Men benefit from hearing how others are getting on, as well as from actually being able to help others with the benefit of their own experience.”

The Debrief is being held at St Faith’s Anglican Church Hall, 46 Hawke st, New Brighton 7:30, 7/4/11.

“Mensline is normally about running a support group for men, but we wanted to do something a bit different to benefit the community after the quake. We still run our support group every week, but the Debrief is different. It’s more practical. More about sharing stories and pooling advice. It’s just a chance for men to get out of the house and unload a bit.”

The Debrief will be followed a fortnight later by the group “Munted Mates”, a group set up to support people through the process of rebuildign their homes.

Both groups are co-sponsored by Mensline Christchurch and the Canterbury Mens Centre.

Mensline and Canterbury Mens Centre are normally based at Community House, 141 Hereford st. This building has been red stickered and was listed last week as one of 138 buildings slated for demolition, and one of only five Christchurch buildings in a “critical condition”.

Despite losing their offices, both groups are carrying on from the homes of their organizers.

Media Release 7 April 2011 from Mensline and Canterbury Mens Centre.



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