M.E.N.'s goal is to provide the tools and resources needed for effective and productive ways to deal with anger, stress and other relationship challenges.
Both the 24-hour hotline and the three M.E.N. groups are facilitated by collective members. These facilitators were either clients of M.E.N. in the past, or community members interested in working with men. They are supervised by a licensed clinician in the groups, who is the only paid member of the collective.
The first step is to call the hotline at 707-528-2MEN (2636). You will be able to talk in confidence with one of the collective members, many who have "been there." After an initial conversation, you and a M.E.N. collective member will determine what resources would be good for you.
Once that has been determined, you may attend one of the Stop the Violence (STV) groups, which are held in Petaluma on Monday nights and Santa Rosa on Wednesday nights.
You will learn:
- how to recognize your anger and stop abusive behavior, instead of allowing your anger to control you.
- how to recognize and separate yourself from situations that can lead to abusive behavior.
- how to work out problems and conflicts by improving your communication skills.
- how to feel better about yourself, and connect with other men committed to changing their lives.
- how to regain the trust of family members subjected to your abusive behavior.
The Skills Building group is open to men who have completed STV and learned how to avoid abusive behavior. The Skills Building group provides an opportunity to strengthen your ability to use your new tools so that they become more automatic. This group provides on-going support for men working together on their relationships and their lives.