Men helped to help themselves

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A Timaru counselling service is continuing more than 12 months after the threat of closure.
The Salvation Army stepped in and picked up funding of a youth counselling service in Timaru in August last year.
Highway 2, a programme for boys that was administered under the South Canterbury Violence Intervention Project, is now administered by the Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Highway programme counsellor Steve Brodie said he was working alongside caseworker Glenn Smith to achieve positive results with men of all ages.
‘‘I’m trying to do the preventative, rather than the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.
‘‘I find a lot of males crying out for help and not attention. A lot of the ones I deal with have started . . .aged 12 or 13.’’
Mr Smith said a lot of men, especially Kiwi men, could do it for themselves.
‘‘Acknowledging there is hope is part of the first step,’’ he said.
‘‘We work out an agreed plan with them: I’ll do this if you do it for yourself. Steve and I will look at if they are genuine.
‘‘A lot of the guys have lost trust. A lot of it’s to do with our culture and silly expectations.’’