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Male Call for April 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, mens health, men, services, counselling

Kia ora,

It’s been another remarkable year for the Canterbury Men's Centre (CMC). Our tenth anniversary just passed and we had an informal party to celebrate giving our group a chance to reflect.

Thanks from us to all of you for the support and shared projects we’ve run over that decade. It’s been a rich one for me personally. I’m delighted to see this project thrive and feel like the world is a better place for our combined efforts.

Items below include:

  1. New Blokes Book released and how to order (also Fun for Older Men books)
  2. Counsellors wanted at the CMC
  3. Some interesting stats from our service in 2016. The last chart about suicidality is alarming!

Best wishes
Donald Pettitt
Manager of the Canterbury Men's Centre
Our Mission: Happy Healthy Canterbury Men

Find out more about the Canterbury Men's Centre.

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Blokes Book 2017: order some here

Cover of The Blokes' Book.We’ve had a large print run of The Blokes Book (6th edition). Thanks so much to the Ministry of Social Development in particular as well as the other partners:

  • Pegasus Health
  • Placemakers Canterbuty
  • Rural Canterbury PHO
  • Christchurch PHO
  • Mental Health Foundation, and
  • the Cancer Society.

Download a copy of the latest Blokes' Book [PDF].

Here are your options to get copies of The Blokes' Book:

  • Order from the Canterbury DHB's Community Health Information Centre: email  sue.burgess[at] and let her how many you want.
  • Pickup from the CMC: We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. We can leave some outside for you as well outside those hours.
  • Contact Donald Pettitt if you are outside the Canterbury DHB Area (donald[at]

25,000 copies are available! There are typically 130 in a box.

PS: There are heaps of Fun for Older Men booklets left as well - you can order these from Sue at the Community Health Information Centre too.

Counsellors Needed In Canterbury

Artwork for the Counselling for Men service.The Canterbury Men's Centre has grown to the point that it is now seeking more counsellors to join our group of contractors. Please tell others you know that may have the skills and interest.

Who do we want? The CMC is a Non-Government Organisation with the mission statement of “Happy Healthy Canterbury Men”. We want trained counsellors that have an interest in working with the wide range of men we care for. Ideally you would be able to see ten or more clients per week. We operate both inside and outside normal office hours so have quite a bit of flexibility regarding available times. We currently have offices in Christchurch, Kaiapoi and Ashburton and are open to other areas.

How do we care for our counsellors? Our counsellors are paid as a portion of the client fees. This portion is updated every six months in line with the financial capacity of the agency. Please contact our Service Manager about specifics.

All clients referred to you have been screened by one of our social work team and we are ready to be quite active in supporting you with any complex client need that emerges.

While we aren't structured as a cooperative we are acting in many ways like this with the counsellors being very supportive of each other as a group and the agency taking this perspective alongside of it's other responsibilities.

Contact Service Manager Karl Belcher for more information or to register your interest (karl[at] or 03 365 9000).

Find out more about the Counselling for Men services at CMC.

Interesting stats from the Canterbury Men’s Centre Annual Report

The following are excerpts from our annual report.
Read the full CMC Annual Report for 2016 Year [PDF].

What did we do with our counselling/social work service?

Graphs showing increases in both needs assessments and couselling appointments from 2012 to 2017.

Volunteer Summary

Type of Volunteering Actual Hours
Social Work Student Placement 4800
CMC Board 198
Counselling/ Coaching 3343
Building Maintenance 80

Other Outputs

Output Type Units/Hours
Blokes Books printed/distributed 15,000
Fun for Older Men book printed/distributed 20,000
Social Work Needs Assessment 473

Financial Value of Service

Graph showing the value to the community vs income for the CMC from 2012 to 2017.

Client Demographics

Bar chart showing that most of the CMC clients are under 45 years of age.

Pie chart showing the percentages of different client ethncities for the CMC.

Bar chart showing the mental health conditions (or lack there of) experienced by CMC clients.

Pie chart showing the percentages of suicide risk of CMC clients ranging from none to high.

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Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch