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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .

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Narisha Deonarain, Caroline Evers, Cameron Foster, Janelle Horsington, Nor Idris, Susan Johnson, Andrew Kay, Tabatha Kellett, Pauline Luchetti, Andrew Moss, Jodie Rowell, Christine Ward, Sarah Bowtell, Brooke Brown, Jennifer Edwards, Matthew Eyles, Christine Gaffney, Ashleigh Grey-Reitz, Katherine Guy, Katrina Harding, James Houlcroft, Kelly Knox, Shannon Kowalick, Daniel Lane, Casey-Anne Langler, Claire Sandry, Candice Scott, Mark Shiels, Isobel Short, Joanna Smith, Nicole Smith, Hayley Smith, Jodi Stoneman, Paul Swinbourne, Jessie-Kate Watson, Meredith Wells, Kate Wylie, Bob Bacchetto, Debbie Carne, Tammy Charalambous, Brenda Croft, Michelle Davis, Peter Griffin, Lianne Gyles, Mel Horrocks, Julie Humphreys, Pauline Luchetti, Craig Lyttle, Jacqueline Mengel, Dale Newbury, Margaret Quade, Judith Rouch, Mark Szeremet, Pauline Watson, Philip Batten, Amanda Beresford, Robert Brunato, Sharon Craft, Peter Dray, Boris Drobnjak, Brian Johns, Clement and Diane Jones, Nerys Knoke, Karen Love, James Mackenzie, Craig Midgelow, Jackie Neill, Sue Packer, Kirrilee Turner, Amanda Walsh, Christine Ward, Mercy Woodman, Charnwood-Dunlop School staff, Fraser Primary School community gardeners, Jackie Patten-Richens, Jervis Bay School staff, Monash Primary School staff, Mark Ransome and Reclink, School Volunteers Program at Arawang Primary School, and Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden specialists at Majura Primary School.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners. You do fantastic work for ACT students and the future of our Canberra community.


MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.10): I rise this evening to talk about the wonderful work that is done by Menslink. Founded in 2002, Menslink aims to support young men and facilitate sustainable relationships that will help these men throughout their lives. This is a vital service. Statistics consistently show that men are far less likely to seek treatment for mental health conditions than women.

Menslink are most commonly known for the mentoring program they provide to young males. This program has proven highly successful and involves adult men volunteering their time to mentor teenage boys. Through this program teenage boys are provided with a mentor, outside their father, to help them through their teen years. The mentoring program is equally as beneficial for the mentors, who find joy in passing on their wisdom to the next generation.

To complement the mentoring program, Menslink also visits schools in Canberra and surrounding regions in order to encourage young males to speak about any issues they may be having. Over the last couple of years Menslink has successfully teamed up with both the Brumbies and the Raiders to produce their "silence is deadly" campaign across the region's schools. Last year this campaign was provided to over 9,000 kids in 40 schools and saw a 133 per cent increase in the number of young men asking for help in order to deal with life issues and mental health problems. This is a great result and I hope the campaign is just as successful this year.

I know numerous members of this place have spoken at their midweekers functions, a great concept where men tell their stories. I know some MLAs such as Mr Wall have passed the hat around at sporting matches to try to raise funds to help the organisation.

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