The Barstool Brothers was formed in 2019 in a Wollongong Burger Bar called His Boy Elroy, with the idea of creating a safe environment where, at an organised monthly catch up, men could enjoy a free burger in a comfortable setting, conducive to healthy conversations about mental health.
This simple concept was incredibly well received and from there we started hosting multiple events per month, all free to our members to encourage men to further solidify these relationships in an authentic and genuine manner. These events include yoga, bowling, bushwalking, golf, martial arts and more.
HOW DO WE CREATE MORE VENUES LIKE OURS?
This was a question that came up over and over again and truth is, its hard and starts with Educating Hospitality venues in how to manage psychosocial risks in the workplace. The Barstool Project was born. This gender neutral education initiative, formed to train and educate employees in hospitality & tourism venues in mental health awareness and communication, with the aim of improving the baseline education and culture within licensed venues.
We have an opportunity to play a vital role in changing the culture around licensed venues through the delivery of this educational package. The hospitality sector needs to have a collective approach to address poor mental health within our sector and by modifying workplace practices to eliminate dangerous conditions and prevent psychosocial risks and injuries, a significant proportion of mental ill health could thus be prevented.