OUR APPROACH

Through evidence-based strategies founded in positive psychology, Life Again will work closely with your organisation to deliver programs designed to create and sustain a mentally healthy workplace.


OUR PILLARS

CONNECTION

When men connect with themselves, they gain more understanding of how and why to connect with others. When men connect with nature, they begin to understand their place with something greater – their meaning and purpose.

Traditionally in our culture as men, we are told from birth that when things get tough, to ‘man up.’

On our own.

Too often, therefore, we withdraw. Hide within a shell. Isolate ourselves physically and emotionally from others, from nature and even from our own inner selves.

At Life Again, we know the perils of self-isolation – and the freedom and wellbeing to be gained when men are empowered to break its chains and connect.

Connect with themselves, with others and with nature – and in so doing rebuild the links and bridges that may have been lost in the hubbub of career and the often solitary climb on the ladder of what’s come to be known as ‘success.’

Through Life Again’s programs, we help foster the forging of links to self, others and nature that will last a lifetime. Connections that pave the way for a spiritually richer and more deeply rewarding ‘Life Again.’ 

For more complete information on our programs that support our ‘CONNECTION’ pillar click here

STORYTELLING

When men share stories of resilience in adversity, they gain a greater understanding of their shared truths and vulnerabilities – bonds of emotion and thought that stretch across generations and across cultures.

It is said that we all have a novel, already written, within.

Too often, though, we hide its most compelling chapters from others and even from ourselves. Thorea articulated this as “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

Our Process of Change frees these stories to be told and shared with others – for we know that the sharing of stories provides proof of a simple yet powerful reality.

That we are not alone.

Not alone in the fact that we have faced adversities. Not alone in our fear, our vulnerability and, indeed, in our perceived need for bravery.

When we share stories authentically we connect as our true selves. We build bridges for connection and breach the divide between age, cultures, religions, beliefs and legends -. And we have learned that each story told reveals that we share a common reality as men – and the recognition of that reality builds bonds that give strength.

For more complete information on our programs that support our ‘STORYTELLING’ pillar click here

GIVING BACK

When men ‘give back’, they more deeply understand the meaning of gratitude – an understanding that begets and fosters a stronger and more lasting state of wellbeing.

Why do great teachers willingly share what they have learned? Why do coaches and mentors take such joy in their pupils’ success?

Why do people, who have charged good money for their services for decades, volunteer to work for gratis?

While there is some ethereal ‘out of the goodness of their heart’ motivation, it is also because of the very real satisfaction gained from ‘giving back’ to society.

When we give back, we gain:

  • A sense of achievement and purpose
  • An enhanced feeling of being part of the community
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Better work life balance
  • Reduced stress, loneliness and social isolation
  • The feeling of being connected (that word again) and valued.

At Life Again, we bring life to the concepts of volunteering – of sharing knowledge, skills and time. And we prove to men searching for more meaning, that the more one gives, the more one receives in return.

For more complete information on our programs that support our ‘GIVING BACK’ pillar click here

POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

The World Health Organization describes ‘mental health’ as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Positive Mental Health is about mental wellness rather than mental illness.

Focussing on what’s going well, living with a sense of well-being with the capacity to deal with life’s inevitable ups and downs.

The term ‘mental health’ is commonly used yet frequently misunderstood.

We want to clearly differentiate our focus from ‘mental illness’ to ‘mental wellness’ by using the phrase ‘positive mental health’

Professor Martin Seligman, the founder and world renowned researcher into positive psychology and human flourishing, has identified six key elements of positive mental health:


POSITIVE EMOTION

 A healthy balance of heartfelt positivity which naturally boosts our resilience.

ENGAGEMENT

 Continued development of strengths and actively pursuing the things we are good at and enjoy doing.

RELATIONSHIPS

Having authentic, meaningful and energising connections in our lives.

MEANING

 A sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, that what we are doing matters.

ACCOMPLISHMENT

Belief in ourselves and the ability to achieve the things that matter most to us.

HEALTH

Looking after our bodies by eating well, moving regularly and sleeping deeply


WHY POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTHIS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Absenteeism costs Australian business $200 billion per annum and only 24% of men are actively engaged with their work. According to Beyond Blue’s ‘The Mentally Healthy Alliance Final Report’ – for every $1 invested in effective positive mental health programs and initiatives, an average of $2.30 return on investment (ROI) is seen. ROI is seen both culturally and financially through reduced absenteeism, improved productivity and less engagement with Employee Assistant Programs (EAPs) and less mental illness compensation claims.

Research shows that a greater ROI and Positive Mental Health outcomes are achieved when programs include multiple activities, delivery methods and a holistic person-centred approach is adopted. For this reason, Life Again has developed a unique modular suite of programs which can be customised to meet the specific needs of the organisations we work with. 

Becoming a mentally healthy organisation and workplace has become a primary objective for many thriving businesses in Australia. Life Again is well positioned to support Australian businesses through our innovative evidence-based programming positive psychology model which targets critical success factors for establishing and sustaining a mentally healthy workplace.


LIFE AGAIN'S PROCESS OF CHANGE

Life Again’s Process of Change is a powerful Positive Mental Health formula through which men can begin to thrive. It is at the core of everything we do.

Founded in evidence-based positive psychology, the Life Again Process of Change empowers positive growth and the opportunity to experience positive emotion. It is a practical working expression of our three pillars – Connection, Storytelling and Giving Back.

CONNECTION
As humans, we all need connection. Life again offers powerful immersive experiences enabling men to connect with themselves, others and with nature in ways many may not have encountered before.

STORYTELLING
The power of story is the most powerful tool we have to express ourselves and connect as men. At Life Again, we create safe spaces for men to tell their stories, be heard and seen in their truth and vulnerability, to listen to other men’s stories and be gifted with the old stories passed down through the generations.

GIVING BACK
Countless studies show that  selfless acts for others have positive mental health outcomes, including improved self esteem, higher levels of general wellbeing and happiness and lower incidence of depression.

CORPORATE RECONCILIATION ACTIONPLAN (RAP) SUPPORT PROGRAMS

One of Life Again’s key objectives is to support organisations with RAP Programs and a desire to Address Positive Mental Health Needs of their workplace through innovative programs. 

 The guiding principle of Life Again and our work with first peoples – ‘No Change Without Understanding’ – indicates that national policy objectives in Indigenous affairs, including Closing the Gap and Reconciliation, will not be achieved by Australian government alone.  Instead, achievement of these objectives must start with work at grass-roots level between Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-based organisations. 

Life Again is an organisation involved in both reconciliation and the health and well-being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men, recognising the need for Corporate Australia to move beyond rhetoric to improve understandings of First Peoples as a prerequisite to positive and meaningful action. Life Again believes making meaningful contributions to the Closing the Gap agenda is a core component of our work and recognises that engagements with first peoples creates benefit for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and non-Indigenous men – and that relationship building is core to improving the health and well-being of all men.

Working within the Reconciliation Australia framework (promoting improved outcomes for Indigenous Australia through corporation level RAP) to deliver on Life Again’s ‘No Change Without Understanding’ philosophy and approach to male mental health and well-being, we seek to achieve Positive Mental Health outcomes through facilitating engagement between Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous participants.

Life Again plays a key role in improving RAP activities by facilitating relationships between corporate partners and Indigenous communities located within the State of Victoria, brokering RAP activities that are led and primarily delivered by relevant Indigenous communities and their leaders and knowledge holders. They are grounded in On Country experiential learning, educating men about the rich, vibrant and dynamic history of the First Nations people of Australia.  

Professor Andrew Gunstone, an expert in the history and study of Reconciliation in Australia and Dr. Andrew Peters, a highly respected academic and member of the Victorian Indigenous community from the Swinburne University of Technology and Professor Barry Judd (Director of Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne) have endorsed our program concept and support Life Again’s approach to the development of RAP engagement within organisations.

OUR EVOLUTION

In 2012, Gareth founded Life Again.

To the outside world, Gareth Andrews appeared to have all the trappings of success. Inwardly, however, he was convinced that he had underperformed – indeed was failing – in the most important aspects of his life. His internal struggle not only had had an enormous effect on his career, but on his family, his friends and the people around him.

At the age of 55, Gareth was diagnosed with clinical depression. He came to realise, however, that he was not alone – a realisation that spurred Gareth to begin publicly sharing his story and working with corporations and to take his message to the men of Australia. 

In 2020 Nick Columb (registered psychotherapist and men’s health practitioner) was appointed as Director of Positive Health Programs.

Life Again has boldly moved into program delivery founded in evidence-based positive psychology while staying true to our roots of mental health awareness, connection, storytelling and giving back. 

Never before has Life Again been more relevant and well-resourced to make a measurable difference to the mental health of Australian men within the organisations we work with.

With the impact of 2020 and its impact on Australia and the world: A global pandemic, lockdowns, unprecedented civil unrest, devastating bushfires, high unemployment rates, loss of businesses and increased pressures on individuals and families – we have seen significant growth in mental illness and mental health struggles for all Australians.

In response, Life Again has spent the last six months developing powerful responsive programs in order to better support and deliver positive mental health to men within Australia.

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