About

The First Mens Table

The first Mens Table (MT1) began in 2011 with twelve men who have met once a month for dinner ever since.

The Mens Table creates a unique environment for men to share openly about their lives, their challenges, their highs and lows with a group of men who they learn to trust and respect.

The Mens Table creates a sense of belonging, community, peer support and camaraderie that is lacking for many men, even for some who already have a group of mates.

Many Tables, One Network

Belonging to a Mens Table contributes to mental, emotional and social wellbeing whilst being a powerful support to individual members travelling their life journeys.
Each Mens Table will be a distinct expression of the needs and personalities of its members, guided by the lessons learned through the experience of existing Mens Tables, and supported by TheMensTable.org

The Mens Table Network is the community of men from all Mens Tables who can share, learn, connect and collaborate based on mutual needs, interests, geographies, careers, and life-circumstances through TheMensTable.org
Mens Tables are initiated by two or more men who wish to form or join a new group, commence with a regular monthly meeting and are capped at 12 members.
TheMensTable.org supports the group’s self-organising, self-determined evolution with guidelines that have been learned through experience.

A Men’s table is…

Accessible

Peer lead

Once a month

Supportive

A Men’s Table has..

No judgement

No requirement to change

No experts

No jargon

The Facts

  • A 2018 Relationships Australia report found that…
  • Men are more likely to experience loneliness than women
  • 40% of single fathers report emotional loneliness and lack of social support
  • Widowed men, and retirees, report high rates of loneliness
  • Men experiencing financial stress are also more likely to be lonely
  • Loneliness is defined as not having enough meaningful relationships in your life to sustain and nurture you, particularly through difficult times
  • Social loneliness is the absence of a reliable and trust social network
  • Research shows that feeling lonely can pose a bigger risk for premature death than smoking or obesity
  • Most men are reluctant to seek support .. The Mens Table puts peers before professionals..