We offer a wide range of support to men struggling in life and their mental health

Email

info@victorianbrotherhood.info

Address

PO BOX 160, Wandin VIC 3139

Meet our Awesome Team!

These guys devote countless hours to our amazing cause.

Vaughn Williams

Vaughn Williams

Director

Hey legends, my name is Vaughn, I’m 34 and a full time single dad of Malekhai and I am one of the volunteer directors for Victorian Brotherhood Male Support and Suicide Awareness.

I became a member from the early days and became active in the leadership team in August 2020 as I just had completed Cert III in Community Services. It was an absolute honour to be asked to be part of such an amazing group of people wanting the best for each other. Alongside a group of like minded individuals supporting each other through our battles. This group is based on listening to understand, unfortunately it seems most of our lives we’ve been surrounded by those listening to respond. Most of the men have never really felt listened to, it is not weak to speak and everyone’s story is important, and their story and I love the fact to see everyone looking for similarities not the differences. We do not come from the place of a proffessional and that is why it is so effective with peer support advocating for mental health, but we certainly recommend professional support.

A brief history of why this group means so much to me, I am a recovered substance abuser that lived a criminal and violent lifestyle for over 17 years, unaware to the battle within that I was having. I have dealt with trauma of the deaths of 2 brothers, many of my friends taking their lives including my best friend that broke me aswell as my own personal attempts of my own life, dealt with domestic violence, child custody issues, relationship break down, recovering from a serious motor vehicle accident and much more. December 2019 I was arrested with several serious charges and my life changed for the better. As cliche as it sounds, rock bottom built a solid foundation for my life and I recovered from my past and dedicated my time to helping others.

Thanks to Glenn Munso and YouthYouProgram to help with my life change, I now study Mental Health Cert IV and Alochol and Other Drugs Cert IV to make a difference in the world. Prior to December 2019 I never thought I could help anyone, but that is evidence that anyone can change their lives from where they are. We host #RaiseAPen Zoom chats for men to hold safe and open conversation to create change. We build stronger men, stopping the stigma we strengthen our families, raise our kids for the best. We need to stand together to create change. A small act of kindness can save lives, and mindset is such an important tool for us to make a better future for everyone.

Sending love and positive vibes to you all, Vaughn Williams

Shane Harris (Patch)

Shane Harris (Patch)

Director - IT Guy

I was added to the Victorian Brotherhood in June 2020 and absolutely loved what I saw, the support, advice and encouragement was amazing and I knew I wanted to do more.
For as long as I remember I have always felt the need to help others in any way that I can and what better way than to offer my technical knowledge. I offered to make them a website and.…..well here we are. I manage and run all of the IT and pretty much anything that’s tech related and all of the day-to-day runnings of the Victorian Brotherhood.
I enjoy anything tech related, photography and the outdoors. When I’m not sitting at the computer ill go camping any chance I can get with my amazing family, they mean the world to me.
Cheers
Patch

Benny Mac

Benny Mac

Director

Hi I’m Ben, one of the lucky fellas that was blessed with creating this safe platform for men to reach out and chat about their issues. Since the beginning I have seen a group of men who are all passionate about changing the views on mental health come together to make an incredible leadership team and truly impact the lives of others in a caring, friendly and passionate way. Things I’m looking forward to are more community events, meeting more of the members and enrolling myself into studies in order to become a drug and alcohol counsellor. We all have a story… and every single one is important. Being better men does not just improve our own lives but our families lives, our children’s lives, our relationship health and everything in between. Together we can make an impact.
Benny M.

Beau Keays

Beau Keays

Moderator Leader

My name is Beau. I’m 39. When I joined the Brotherhood, in July 2020, I was depressed and broken. I suffered from low self confidence, low self-esteem, I didn’t believe in myself. I have a Motor Neurone Disease called Kennedy’s Disease. it’s one of the rarer Motor Neurone diseases and in some senses, is one of the better ones to have. It is much slower progressing. It caused me to have to give up work 8 years ago. this in itself caused me a lot of struggles and a lot of depression. It took me a long time to accept that I couldn’t work anymore because it wasn’t safe, having falls at work and tripping over lots of things, not being able to hold tools. I had become separated from an 8 year relationship in February 2020, just before the world shutdown. I’m lucky enough to have my 20 year old daughter who is amazing, living with me. I have another 3 children, a 16 year old daughter, a 14 year old son and an 12 year old son who live with their mother full time but I see every second weekend and any other opportunity I get. I needed to learn how to be happy again. The tools, the testimonies, the stories and the support helped me in ways that I didn’t believe possible. The Brotherhood, and the 21 day program (Glenn Munso’s Youth you program) that the Brotherhood sponsored me for, taught me how to shift my mindset, and helped me recover from a 20 year addiction to smoking cannabis. I didn’t believe I was able to even get up and walk around the block. I went from pushing myself to walk once a day around the block which is about 1 km, to walking around a bigger block of about 2 to 3 kilometres, twice a day. I learnt to appreciate getting out in the fresh air and what that can do. I learnt how moving the body and changing my physiology can change my psychology. It changed my mind set. That program, and the Brotherhood, have given me tools that I can now share with my children and set better example show with them there is a different way. It has changed and saved my life. In October 2020, I had the honour of being asked to join the leadership team of the Brotherhood. This has given me drive and motivation to continue to work on and improve myself, and to help others going through difficult and hard times.. I am now studying a Certificate 4 in Mental Health, thanks to the encouragement of my fellow Brothers and, while still living with depression and anxiety, am learning how to live, and love myself again.

Daniel Trpenovski

Daniel Trpenovski

Moderator

Hey guys, my name is Daniel and I’m apart of the leadership team for the Victorian Brotherhood Male Support and Suicide Awareness Group. I’ve been a member of the Victorian Brotherhood since July 2020 and I have to say that this group of like minded individuals has made a massive impact on my life and I’m so grateful for that. Over the last few years that I’ve battled with my own mental health issues, I’ve now become a big advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. I’m passionate and I love helping people out on daily basis by spreading the positivity to one another, it’s people like us who make a difference in this world. Let’s all come together as one and continue spreading the awareness out there on mental health. “Be the change you want to see in the world.”