• Healthy men,
    healthy masculinities,
    healthy communities
  • We don’t just
    talk about footy
    and shit
  • A life of belonging
    with a trusted group
    of peers

About us

The Men’s Table is a safe place to share and be heard in a confidential and non-judgemental environment, creating a greater sense of belonging, camaraderie and connection.

It’s healthy to show emotion and share feelings, yet for many men in their relationships with other blokes, the talk is mostly about ‘footy and sh*t’. There has never been a better time to be in a community.

How you
can join

The first step in joining a Table is to attend an Entree event. This will give you a good feel for how the Table works, you’ll meet other interested men, and you’ll see if it’s a fit for you.

There is no obligation to join after attending an Entree. There are no ongoing fees to join a Table.

Who we are

The first Men’s Table (MT1) began in 2011 with twelve men who have met once a month for dinner ever since. Our vision is Healthy Men, Healthy Masculinities, Healthy Communities. We help men build meaningful male friendships and connection by creating safe places to share, overcoming the stigma that “men don’t talk”.

We are a national registered not for profit with a simple, local approach to community building. We have been commissioned twice by The National Mental Health Commission to undertake research into mens wellbeing.

Our impact

84%

of men who attend a Men’s Table felt a stronger sense of community belonging

95%

of men who attend a Men’s Table felt it was a safe place to share

80%

of men who attend a Men’s Table reported a benefit to their mental health and wellbeing

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Our model of care
The National Mental Health Commission encouraged us to do research on how the Tables work, and the benefits to men. The result of this work is our Model of Care report.
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From Couch to Community
Men are thought to be reticent help-seekers who are reluctant to share personal thoughts and emotions, yet there is little understanding of how men really approach help-seeking.

What men say

FAQ’s

How do I start?

Attend an Entrée to meet other men, find out how a Table works and see if it’s a good fit for you. Entrees can be either in-person in your area or online. If you decide it’s for you, we guide you to a Table near you or, if there is no local Table, we work with you and a small group of local men to form a new Table. There is never any obligation to join.

What is the cost?

This is a grassroots activity. Membership is free. Your commitment is to attend a minimum of 9 monthly meetings per year and your outlay is just the cost of a meal and a drink when you meet.

What kind of men come?

All kinds! Our youngest member is a brave 23-year-old, our oldest a sage 87-year-old. Men from all walks of life and backgrounds attend, to enjoy a sense of belonging, community, peer support and camaraderie.

How many men sit at a Table?

A new Table is established when there are 8 or more men who become regular monthly members. Tables function best over the long term at around 12 members; this allows for diversity and a collective energy to sustain the Table over the long term.

Is there a Table near me?

Men’s Tables are forming in communities throughout Australia. If there isn’t yet a Table near you, then consider being part of a group of local men who start one. Come to an Entree first, and then let’s chat about helping you be part of forming a local Table.

Do I have to share straight away?

No. Share when you are comfortable and support others as they share along the way. Men are wired differently and for some it’s easy to be open, while for others it can be a big step to talk about what’s really going on. One of the guidelines says ‘You can just listen’. You can just support a man by listening to his story.