Living Well offers a range of direct services to men who have experienced sexual violence, as well as to partners, friends, family and supporters of men. We also engage more indirectly with communities and the world, by providing resources, information and education via this website and social media.
The Living Well web resource is designed to act as a collection point for information and resources that are useful for men who have been subjected to sexual violence and their supporters. We invite those visiting the site to adopt a practical approach, to treat the resource as a kind of tool kit that you pick up and use as you see fit, leaving to one side things that aren’t helpful or you just don’t need right now. This site is always undergoing improvement and updating. We therefore welcome suggestions and contributions to further develop the resource in ways that are useful to men who have experienced sexual violence. If there is some particular piece of information that you would like and can’t find it, please let us know.
We are now able to provide a number of services online. First and foremost we are proud to offer free online counselling, via email, live text-based chat, or voice and video through Skype. Our online counselling service is by appointment, and will be a series of sessions with the same counsellor every time.
Face to face counselling
We offer face to face counselling for individuals, couples and families at our North and South Brisbane offices. Our offices are based in Woolloongabba/Buranda and Strathpine and are accessible by bus, rail and road. Disability access and parking is available. We understand that you might want to speak to someone before making an appointment, in order to decide whether counselling is for you, or just to check us out. Feel free to give us a call and have a chat.
Like face to face counselling, telephone counselling is available by appointment. We recognise that telephone counselling is a practical way for men and their supporters to access information and support. Sometimes, people can feel more comfortable talking things through on the phone than in person. Telephone contact can be used to talk through concerns about confidentiality or privacy, to bridge distance and time constraints, even to help decide if counselling is what you want.
Interpreting services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, or for those of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, can be pre-arranged for either face to face or telephone counselling.
Training and consultation
At Living Well, we recognise the importance of not just raising public awareness, but providing people with practical assistance and professional support. We can provide training and professional development in the form of short public talks, presentations or full one or two day workshops. We also have a huge range of online resources, webinars and practice videos in our online For Professionals section. Our professional development is designed to “Build worker confidence and competence in working with men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault.” Our wish to enhance worker skills and knowledge has led us to offer both formal and informal consultations to fellow professionals working with men who have experienced sexual violence and their supporters.
Community awareness and education
Community education and raising awareness of male sexual abuse and sexual assault is a vital part of our work. We have had a range of awareness building campaigns, competitions and publications, and have created a huge number of posters and videos to be shared with the wider public. We have targeted communities that have had very limited support to date, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people.