In response to the poor outcomes associated with toxic masculinity, Mental Health Foundation (MHF) will begin facilitating contemporary Rites of Passage programs for teenage boys and their fathers.
We know that boys and young men are at increased risk of mental illness, violence, risk-taking behaviours, and suicide.
The years that mark the transition from teenage boy to a young man are critical to the formation of a healthy, mature, mentally well man.
For most of history, boys were raised by the community and had a range of male mentors and uncles to help guide them during this transition. But today, in western society, this is often not the case.
And often the result is someone who is physically a man, but still retains many of his boy-like behaviours.
What is a Rite of Passage?
Reconxted is a contemporary Rites of Passage camp for teenage boys and their father (or male mentor, who could be an uncle, stepdad, or family friend). Using the Rites of Passage framework developed by Dr. Arne Rubinstein (author of Making of Men), we will guide the boys so that they can create a vision of the kind of adult they would like to become.
How does it work?
Your son will hear from a community of men learning skills, processes and values he needs to become a healthy young man and a respected member of his family, his peer groups and the wider community
During the Rites of Passage camp, the teenage boys will:
take a break from all forms of tech and social media,
find opportunities to safely explore issues important to them as they transition to adulthood,
hear stories from other men about challenges in their lives and how they dealt with those challenges,
be challenged both physically and mentally,
commit to behavioural changes they need to make to begin becoming independent of their parents,
be honoured for the skills and gifts that they bring to the community, and
have fun and deepen their relationship with the man that they came with.
For more information and to keep up to date on the Rites of Passage camp, see our Facebook page here.
Find out more about MHF’s Rite of Passage camp
To find out more about how a Rite of Passage camp can help your son please contact Peter Lennon.