30-05-2019 12:05 PM - edited 07-06-2019 10:12 AM
Identifying as being in a caring role, particularly as a male can be a little challenging at times. As our special guest @Greg_MenCareToo for this event from Men Care too mentions “Caring and nurture are characteristics not often associated with males but every man has a different experience and unique responsibilities in life. The same can be said when it comes to the caring role.”
We are really excited to make the most of the Topic Tuesday event to explore the feelings around identity, challenges and communication when it comes to being a male in a caring role or being a carer who understands the challenges and can offer those insights to others too.
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25-06-2019 07:00 PM
For tonights discussion we are really grateful to have Greg as our special guest from Men Care Too. @Greg_MenCareToo has his own experience of being a carer which inspired him to create the Men Care Too organisation. I’ll let him introduce himself though 😎 We are going to cover some great discussion areas tonight and Greg has some valuable insight for this conversation.
For those of you who may not have come along to a Topic Tuesday event before, I will be posing questions to Greg and the community (yourselves) to respond to and encourage conversation around that!
With that said – Greg can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in the experience of male carers? For the rest of the community it would be great to hear what you brought you here tonight?
Please note, if you have attended a Men Care Too event, its important to not mention your own identity as the forums are an anonymous space for members 👍
25-06-2019 07:02 PM
Thanks for the welcome. MrDad
25-06-2019 07:04 PM
Hi @MrDad - thanks for coming along 😊
25-06-2019 07:04 PM
Hi @Lauz and everyone else!
My name is Greg and I run a grassroots community group called Men Care Too. I started MCT because as a bloke in a caring role for more than 10 years, I often felt invisible or left out when attending events and activities for carers. This was also true when looking for information or resources that I could relate to as a male in a caring role. Learning about the isolation and loneliness that many carers report experiencing (myself included), I have developed a particular interest in the mental health of male carers as men are more likely to bottle up the challenges they are going through and less likely to seek help in the traditional sense.
I am not a health professional and I don’t have a univestity education, my experiences as a carer both good and bad have given me what I think is a valuable perspective and I aim to share that through my volunteer work with Men Care Too.
I am also a passionante Bulldogs fan (NRL) but if you follow the league I’m sure you would agree that’s not something I should be admitting to
25-06-2019 07:05 PM
Evening @Lauz + Greg + everyone .
25-06-2019 07:06 PM
I'm in a caring role assisting my wife with her degenerative disease as well as her 2 kids who have ASD. On top of that I have my own disabilities to contend with caused through a work accident.
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