There are few opportunities to engage with men outside of the work of recovery to support them in self-care and management strategies. Stress levels are high following a disaster, men are often overwhelmed with recovery processes, unemployed and sometimes suicidal. Worldwide literature suggests increased violence against women is characteristic of post-disaster recovery. Men traditionally do not reach out for support and are therefore difficult to engage in personal recovery support. This level of stress can fracture families and result in them breaking down completely.
The pilot aims to support local organisations in response to this through a project in conjunction with local schools. The daughters within families will be supported to invite their fathers to participate in a creative workshop, which will result in work publically exhibited at the local Show with prizes and commentary by community.