** 5 Week Course | Each Thursday from March 5th until 9th April | 6pm - 7.30pm | Goonellabah Community Centre 27 Oliver Avenue Goonellabah **

RESEARCH shows “burnout”, or emotional and physical exhaustion, is predisposing men to depression and substance abuse, and in the workplace is leading to higher rates of absenteeism and even workplace accidents.

Even more worrying, despite society’s efforts to date to shine a light on the issue, many men are still suffering alone, refusing to acknowledge or seek help for their condition. 

Now, following the success of its inaugural men’s health course Understanding Anxiety in Men, the College of Universal Medicine will this week launch a new five-week program titled Understanding Men with Depression and Exhaustion.

The course weaves together complementary and traditional medicine, psychology, nutrition and physiology alongside a pragmatic understanding of the challenges today’s men face in everyday life, by five presenters deeply committed to men’s wellbeing.

Presenter and complementary therapist Michael Benhayon said depression and exhaustion have rapidly become common concerns – the “new normal” – in the lives of many men. 

“The effects of depression and exhaustion are vast and far-reaching leaving men feeling run down, moody, agitated, disengaged, tired and overwhelmed,” he said.

“This course is specifically designed to respond to this growing trend, offering men an opportunity to deepen their understanding, develop their awareness and gain insight into the many contributing factors that leave them feeling depressed and/or exhausted.”

The five presenters are men from diverse fields and include a social worker, complementary health practitioner, a builder, massage therapist, and a pharmacist.

What they share is a commitment to looking pragmatically at what is causing the rising rates of depression and exhaustion; to no longer condoning these issues being ignored or seen as something to be ashamed of.


The Course Will Explore:

  • How diet and other physiological factors influence our moods
  • How our beliefs about ourselves, our work and our family can either deplete, or revitalise
  • The role that anxiety and stress can play in our lives
  • How avoiding or not acknowledging what we're experiencing can make matters worse
  • Practical tools and techniques that men can use to support themselves throughout the day so they can begin to build a life free from depression and exhaustion.


The course also aims to help men feel comfortable about seeking medical advice and/or counselling, and as one presenter puts it, “developing a healthy relationship with our feelings – not judging them as good or bad but simply allowing us to feel what is there to be felt”. 

Men’s courses run by the College of Universal Medicine also aim to tackle the widening services gap for male health issues in the Northern Rivers – issues which apply to a significant number of the population and often lead to more serious problems.



Duration: Five Thursdays – 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March & 9th April

Course Location: Goonellabah Community Centre, 27 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah, NSW.

Course Times: 6pm - 7.30pm (registration 5.45pm)

Delivery Modes: In person (this presentation is not available via webcast)

Cost: $75

Contact and questions: menshealth@coum.org for more information

Presented and facilitated by: Michael Benhayon, Michael Serafin, Adam Warburton, Francisco Clara, Martin Gladman



At any given time in Australia, 1 in 8 men will be experiencing depression, and suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for men aged from 25 - 44. 

In many cases, the effects of depression and exhaustion can be subtle and go unnoticed, commonly resulting in men withdrawing from family and friends, working overtime or adopting unhealthy behaviours as a means to cope.


COLLEGE OF UNIVERSAL MEDICINE:  First men’s course presented late last year

In September/October 2014 a course was presented by CoUM specifically for men who suffer from anxiety which ran for 5 consecutive weeks, every Thursday night for two hours.

The presentations were recorded live and are now offered as an online course for those who were unable to attend in person.



The College of Universal Medicine provides educational programs to men who cannot afford to pay high fees and travel out of the area. It offers courses that are affordable, local and accessible and also helps to fill the gap caused by the lack of educational resources in the community for men.

Men from a wide variety of backgrounds

These courses are presented by men from different backgrounds such as health care, social work, building and tradesmen. The men bring connection, integrity and passion to the understanding of men’s health and wellbeing. 

The foundation of these courses encourages men to come together, to share and look deeper into the lifestyle choices they make and how this affects their lives. This offers an opportunity for men to self-reflect on how they live, to develop self-responsibility and life skills that are empowering for them and can be life changing.

For more information and to enrol see the Understanding Depression and Exhaustion in Men Page


About the College of Universal Medicine

The College of Universal Medicine is an independently run Educational Charity providing courses, publications and forums that support people in such areas as Women's Health, Men's Health, Self-care, Psychological Wellbeing, Financial Health and more. All courses offered and developed through the College are based on the principles of the Ageless Wisdom – that we each have an innate knowing that can be re-connected to in order to more broadly understand our current times and to bring greater harmony to life and relationships. The philosophy and objectives of the College are inspired by the continued philanthropic work of Serge Benhayon and the teachings of Universal Medicine.