St Andrew’s student breaking down men’s mental health stigmas

Tex Warren is asking men to talk and is leading by example by way of hands-on action at his school and Tex is hoping others will talk more and break down the walls and stigma surrounding men’s mental health. Photo: Contributed  

PEREGIAN student Tex Warren has literally ‘talked the talked’ recently with his impassioned presentation on men’s mental health with the speech garnering near 20,000 views at the time of print.  

The year 12 St Andrew’s Anglican College student delivered the powerful and moving presentation on the often not talked about topic of men’s mental health at the College’s annual Soothsayers Competition. 

Inspired by the terrifying statistics around men’s mental health revealing a troubling state of play for young men within schools and the wider community, Tex took a leap of courage to start the conversation. 

“I feel like very few people are talking about the real danger and harm of men’s mental health, and the outdated traditional gender norms, in particular that men don’t talk to each other,” Tex said.  

“At school, within friendship groups, you often see boys having banter and laughing together but there isn’t really opportunity or encouragement for boys to have serious chats.  

“Girls seem to talk all the time. They have full debriefs if they’re having trouble, but boys don’t.” 

Tex’s message resonated with many and was well received by his peers, staff and the wider community, many of whom have stood by Tex and either viewed or shared his powerful speech.  

This support has spurred Tex on, giving him the confidence and opportunity to further pursue advocating for and warning young men about the stigma of men’s mental health and empowering them to destroy it and challenge societal norms. 

“Social media plays a massive role in the attitudes of young men, so we need ways to combat some of the harmful content on the internet such as having genuine connections and regular opportunities to ask questions and debate opinions.”   

Organisations like Movember and The Man Cave have inspired Tex, especially the latter, with their proactive approach in helping younger boys talk about feelings and asking for help. However, Tex thinks more needs to be done to help enact a cultural shift.  

“We need the opportunity for regular, authentic mentoring which will help create a cultural shift. We must build opportunities for connection through sports, music, engines, anything,” Tex said.  

“I would like to see more people talking to the younger boys about the topic, and about their mental health. I believe that by doing this, the problem will eventually wash out. Dads will be able to talk to their sons about the necessity of talking about your feelings and checking up on your mates.” 


Tex believes that schools could be the key in helping to drive this cultural shift.  

Starting with simple but meaningful actions, Tex has organised Senior Brekky for the sports teams at St Andrew’s. The idea is that the senior students, both male and female, will cook breakfast for the younger students to celebrate their seasons and to, hopefully, start a tradition amongst the sports team where senior players look out for junior players and authentic connections are developed. 

“It needs to be simple things that students buy into otherwise it’s not sincere.  

“The way to challenge misconceptions is through mentoring and getting men to talk and  this then builds a strong sense of connection and community which allows boys to speak openly and vulnerably to each other.” 

You can view Tex’s presentation via the following link: 

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