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Relationship advice for men

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Great songs about friendship and mates

Having good people around you is one of the best ways to protect your mental health. Here’s 10 of our fave songs celebrating friendship and mates.

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Ten ways to become a better partner

Relationships are at the core of our lives. In a positive relationship, both partners feel valued, loved and nurtured. Here MensLine Australia gives you 10 tips to get the most out of your relationship.

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Get talking - communication in relationships

Understanding and respecting the different ways in which you and your partner communicate will help strengthen your relationship. Here MensLine Australia explores the ways that you and your partner can talk to each other when there is disagreement, and how to talk about boundaries and come up with relationship agreements.

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Communication styles in relationships - Painters and Pointers

Quite often, issues in relationships arise due to different communication styles. While there are many theories in this area, one that we find interesting is the theory of two distinct, perhaps even opposite, communication styles – the ‘Painters’ and the ‘Pointers’.

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Communication toolkit

This MensLine Australia communication toolkit is designed to assist you in developing your communication skills in your relationships.

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Moving in with your partner

Moving in with your partner can be an emotional, physical and financial challenge. Here, MensLine Australia looks at the main things to consider before taking this step.

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Is your relationship in trouble?

Sometimes the decision to separate comes as a complete surprise when initiated by a partner. Here MensLine Australia explores the warning signs that your relationship could be in trouble.

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Managing conflict

Although conflict can be a normal part of our relationships and is ‘healthy’ if well-handled, it can sometimes escalate and become destructive. Here MensLine Australia looks at how you can approach conflict in your relationship and the issues to be aware of.

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Common misconceptions about couples counselling

For some men, the idea of couples or marriage counselling is a daunting concept. You know that you have been arguing a lot more recently and neither of you is happy, but is couples counselling the answer? In this article, we address some of the common misconceptions people have about seeking counselling for relationship problems.

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Same-sex attraction

Sexuality can be confusing at the best of times. Here MensLine Australia discusses how feeling unsure about your sexual orientation, or unable to reveal your sexual identity for fear of rejection or discrimination can be a difficult experience and the steps you can take to find support.

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Same-sex relationships - what to do when your partner comes out

Accepting your feelings of attraction to the same sex and “coming out”, can cause upheaval in your life as family and friends may see you differently. Here MensLine Australia explores the issues that could potentially lead to some couples losing their balance once a partner comes out.

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Men and intimacy

Some men struggle with intimacy. Here MensLine Australia explores the notion that men have been socialised to appear to be strong and in control while intimacy encourages and enables vulnerability when connecting with another person.

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Tips for better conversations with men

We often hear that it’s hard to get men to reach out for help. Try using these tips for tailored approaches to conversations with men that can reap better results and help him open up.

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Renovate your relationship - a manual for men

Renovate your Relationship is a resource for men dedicated to helping men maintain their relationships by getting them to think about the practical side of relationship maintenance.

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Finding your tribe

Humans have traditionally lived and worked in communities, and relied on others for safety, connection and social support. Understand why finding your tribe is important, as well as suggestions for ways to seek out friendship.

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How your relationship affects your children

Words matter, but from a child’s point of view, actions matter a lot more. Here Changing for Good looks at the importance of modelling respectful relationships, and how our relationships (good or bad) affect our children.

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Respectful relationships

MensLine Australia Changing for Good caught up with Ken Nathan recently to discuss the importance of understanding and developing respectful relationships. We asked Ken to share learning’s from his Rules in Relationships program.

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Maintaining family harmony during times of crisis

Families may find their physical and mental health impacted by crisis. This can mean we are less focussed on how we relate to our partners, children or others in our family. However, it’s important we work to maintain harmony in our closest relationships, as they will likely be our biggest support through difficult times.

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Why it’s important to reach out to a mate

Friendship Day isn’t well known in Australia but it’s a great reminder to reach out to a mate.

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Resolving intimacy problems in a relationship

Intimacy is the ‘connectedness’ between two people. A problem with (or a lack of) intimacy may indicate a problem with the relationship.

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How to be a better listener

Whether miscommunication arises in the home, workplace, or with friends, effective listening skills go a long way towards addressing misunderstandings and establishing healthier communication patterns.

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Steps towards a healthy relationship

Maintaining a healthy relationship is not always easy, but worth the effort. Creating strong and respectful partnerships have many benefits. Here we outline some tips and techniques that may help build a healthy (and happy) relationship with your partner.

Relationship goals! Positive relationship advice for men
Relationship goals! Positive relationship advice for men

Advice to help you become the MVP (#MostValuablePartner) is here! These relationship goals aim to help you make your partner feel like they are your #1 draft pick – put them at the centre of your world and championship gold will follow!

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Take care of you and your mates (don’t party too hard on NYE)

The easiest way to ruin a great night is to lose your mate, or get into trouble! So this year, consider the things you can do to have a good night & take care of your mates. Follow our five tips on how to have a great New Years Eve.

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Appreciating the people in your life

It can be easy to take your partner and the people in your life for granted. We are all so busy that we may not take the time to appreciate the people around us. To help get you started, we’ve compiled some ways you can show your appreciation to those that matter most in your life.

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Tips for adults talking to their parents

Life is busy. In an ideal world, your parents would be a regular part of the mix, visiting them once a week or having lunch on a regular basis. But in reality, this is rarely the case. To help you maintain a lasting relationship with your parents (or at least be polite), we’ve compiled some tips.

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Avoiding misunderstandings

Communication is something we can all improve on, especially if the situation is difficult. Sometimes we may mishear things and get the wrong end of the stick. Misunderstandings can lead to confusion, hurt and anger.

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Valuing the differences in your relationship

There are differences in all relationships. The key is to try and see these differences as something to value, and not as a source of conflict. You can try to appreciate the ways your partner or ex-partner is different from you.

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Active listening

Listening is an important part of effective communication. We have conversations throughout the day, but sometimes we’re not listening as well as we could.

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Resolving conflict

Conflict will happen from time to time in your life, but if you deal with it properly, it doesn’t have to be destructive. Here, MensLine Australia looks at the signs of damaging conflict and what you can do.

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Reconnecting with friends

Never have we been more connected to everyone around us. Advances in technology have launched multiple social media platforms allowing us to be no more than just a few clicks away from connecting to someone, or anyone for that matter! Then why is it we’ve never felt more alone?

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Social connections - past, present and future

We often talk about the power of connections and support networks, as having a strong circle of people around you is one of the single most beneficial ways to maintain your mental health.  Here’s how you can grow social connections from the past, present and future!