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Busselton Father-son bonding for mental health

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Thomas Rickwood-Wren, 15, with his dad Gerald Wren.
Camera IconThomas Rickwood-Wren, 15, with his dad Gerald Wren. Credit: Supplied/Supplied/Supplied/Supplied

Father-son relationships were in focus at Busselton Senior High School last month when it held a breakfast to celebrate Men’s Health Week.

More than 13 dads accompanied their lads to the breakfast which played host to a range of talks from the local Man Walk group and Regional Men’s Health co-ordinator Glen Dunkerton.

Jack Anderson, 15, with his dad Lee.
Camera IconJack Anderson, 15, with his dad Lee. Credit: Supplied/Supplied
Josh Manning with his son Blake, 15.
Camera IconJosh Manning with his son Blake, 15.

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Mr Dunkerton spoke on how teenagers can look out for their own physical, mental, social, and spiritual health, and highlighted the importance of understanding what made them individual.

Simple tips and tricks for how the teens could live a more healthy life included ways to combat poor eating habits and harmful behaviours while keeping active.

Busselton Senior High School event organiser and school nurse Viv Barton said the best part was seeing fathers and sons talk about mateship over some toast.

Levi Matthews, Ryan King, Henry Checker, Brayden Coate, and Blake Manning, all 15, at the Lads and Dads breakfast for Men's Health Week.
Camera IconLevi Matthews, Ryan King, Henry Checker, Brayden Coate, and Blake Manning, all 15, at the Lads and Dads breakfast for Men's Health Week.
Ryan King, 15, with his dad Shaun King.
Camera IconRyan King, 15, with his dad Shaun King.
Ash Young-Allison, 15, with his dad Justin Allison
Camera IconAsh Young-Allison, 15, with his dad Justin Allison

“It provided new and different conversations and enabled students to increase the tools in their kit to prepare them for the next few high-pressure years,” she said.

“There was a really good vibe in the room. It was all very positive and you could see the connections being made.”

Connor Tink, 15, with his dad Raymond Tink.
Camera IconConnor Tink, 15, with his dad Raymond Tink.
Nigel Smith with his son Memphis, 15.
Camera IconNigel Smith with his son Memphis, 15.
Rozi Nazari, 14, with Owen Stewart, Lucas Kemp, Glen Dunkerton, and Jett Carter, all 15.
Camera IconRozi Nazari, 14, with Owen Stewart, Lucas Kemp, Glen Dunkerton, and Jett Carter, all 15.

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