Men's Health - Resources

Posted: 15 June 2018

Many people go through tough times, experience mental illness, or consider/attempt suicide. Today we suggest some excellent resources on how to reach out to support someone in these situations; or how to ask for help if you are in these situations yourself.

We challenge each of you to start a conversation this week. We encourage you to share stories of successfully having these conversations in the past – whether you were the supporter or the supported. Sharing these things can give people hope and normalise this conversation.

Supporting Someone with Anxiety or Depression - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/supporting-someone/supporting-someone-with-depression-or-anxiety

This section offers an excellent framework to have simple conversations and show that you care. It boils down to choosing a time and place where your friend will feel safe, employing judgement-free listening, and making genuine offers of assistance. Remember that you are not there to fix anything or solve problems – the best thing you can do is demonstrate that you care.

Talk to someone about your suicidal feelings - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/suicide-prevention/worried-about-suicide/talking-to-someone-about-your-suicidal-feelings

You are not alone, and you are not the first to feel this way. There is no shame in considering alternatives; however, processing your feelings out loud to another person can be incredibly helpful – even if you think these is no hope. Choose someone you trust and feel safe talking honestly with (friend or medical professional). Be prepared for some initial shock from the person you tell, but try to approach it as a normal conversation where you just want to work through your thoughts.

There is fantastic support in Australia for people in these positions. Take action – are you worried for a friend, or simply find it hard to get out of bed every day? Visit some of the links below.

Headspace Toowoomba: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/toowoomba/news

R U OK – “How to AskGuide https://bit.ly/2HsDdXc

Men’s Health Week: www.menshealthweek.org.au

Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au

Men’s Line: www.mensline.org.au

Man Up: www.manup.org.au

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