Mind Your Mates

MEN ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES THAN WOMEN. IT’S TIME TO ‘MIND YOUR MATES’.

Today, we’re launching a campaign to address Australia’s loss of almost one young male to suicide every day. That male was someone’s son, brother and mate.

The Mind Your Mates campaign urges young men to recognise the important role they play in supporting the mental health of their mates. We’re asking young men to consider how their attitudes and behaviours can influence others’ experiences of mental health problems – and that being a good mate can make all the difference.

The campaign is relevant to everyone – young men, women and adults. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing different mental health perspectives from young men. Our aim is to break down the stigma and barriers to young men seeking help.

Each year, an increasing number of young men come into our care. However, males still only account for less than 30 per cent of our clients. Help us balance this number and reduce the rate of youth suicide by making a donation, big or small, to support our life-changing services.

 

We need your support, so we can be there for you and your mates.

 

Donate to Youth Focus

 

Scott Nodwell @ Youth Focus

A message from Scott, Youth Counsellor

Seeking professional help from someone like me isn’t intense, and it isn’t as awkward as you might think. I’m a human being, I love my hobbies, my mates, and I tend to feel better after talking to someone when times are tough.

Counselling doesn’t have to be sombre or unenjoyable. We actually can have a chat and a bit of fun. You will take the wheel and drive, I will just help you with where you want to go.

I’m here to make your life easier. Just come in and chat like you’d chat to a mate.

Scott

 

 

 

 

 

nic @ Youth Focus

Nic’s Story, Campaign Ambassador

“I have seen first-hand the devastating impact that mental health can have on a community. When someone takes their own life it not only affects their family and friends, it also affects the community in which they lived, the school community that the individual was a part of, and any sporting or social group.

It has this ‘ripple effect’ which may not just affect people in the State that you live. The impact will affect people the person has come into contact with over their lifetime whether it be throughout Australia, and even the world. People don’t realise how many friends and ‘supporters’ they have until it’s too late. People have a mindset that only a select few people will suffer the consequences of their actions but this ‘ripple effect’ demonstrates that it is a much larger scale.

Young men are facing so many issues in today’s society such as masculinity, the stigma of what a ‘man’ should be in modern society and fitting in whether it be at school, university, sporting clubs or other social groups. Young men need to know that although these issues are real today they aren’t alone, and there is a lot of good help out there. The dark clouds always move on, and suicide is not the solution to a temporary problem.

If you are struggling, mate, there is always hope. Asking for help is not weakness, in fact it is the strongest thing an individual can do. Don’t feel like you will be judged or frowned upon by anyone. It is nothing to be ashamed of! If you broke your leg you would head straight to hospital to get it fixed so if you have a mental illness, why is it any different?”

Nic

 

 

Things to say to a mate…

There are some simple steps you can take if you think a friend is struggling:

•  Reach out via an SMS or call

•  Ask how they are, listen without judgement

•  Encourage action, and get expert help if the conversation is too big to tackle alone

  Check in regularly