Mental illness has become so prevalent in Australia that it is reaching crisis point, affecting people from all walks of life.
Whilst we know that around 1 in 5 Australians are likely to experience mental illness in any given year, a topic that is less discussed is suicide.
Last year, 3139 Australians took their own life with 75% of those people being men.
These figures are startling to say the least and the flow on effect from those that take their own lives is widespread throughout the deceased’s family, friends and work colleagues.
The campaign Boys Do Cry has been developed by the team behind the ABC series Man Up and aims to break down the stereotype of men needing to be tough and get on with life, resulting in seeking help being seen as a sign of weakness.
Life is challenging and it’s so important to reach out to those that you might suspect are struggling. Talking, listening and showing support in whatever way you can might just save a life.
One of the key campaign partners is Gotcha4Life, a mental fitness charity working to end suicide through programs that:
- encourage open conversations
- build mateship throughout communities
- develop the skills and confidence to reach out
It’s a great cause that breaks down barriers and has had a positive impact on men and boys alike.
If you or anyone you know needs help, click here for a range of services that can help.