Men on the Gold Coast and all around Australia are today being urged to have a meaningful conversation with their mates.
The call comes on World Suicide Prevention Day, with figures showing suicide is the leading cause of death among Australian men aged 15 to 44.
Instead of a minute’s silence, global men’s health charity the Movember Foundation is urging men to speak up through their Man of More Words campaign.
“One minute of silence is society’s way of reflecting on and honouring significant deaths. However, in the case of suicide, it is this silence which is killing men,” Craig Martin from the Movember Foundation said.
“So, to change this, we are encouraging men to speak out for one minute on World Suicide Prevention Day.”
Man of More Words kicks off a month long campaign aimed at encouraging meaningful conversations around men’s mental health as a way to ultimately reduce the high rate of male suicide.
“We know gender plays an important role, which is why we’re talking specifically to men, equipping them to recognise the signs when they’re not doing so well, and to talk up when times get tough,” Mr Martin said.
“We’re hoping to show men that to be the best versions of themselves – to be better dads, mates and sons – they need to be men of more words. We want men and their supporters to know that talking, more and with more meaningful words, saves lives.”
According to the Movember Foundation, three out of four suicides are men, with more than 2,000 Australian men taking their own life each year.
Here’s how you can start a conversation with the men you care about in four simple steps:
1. Ask how they are doing
2. Listen without judgement
3. Encourage action
4. Check in regularly
Anyone in need of support can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14 | visit website
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 | visit website
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 | visit website
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 | visit website