According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2020), on average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. Men make up an average seven out of every nine suicides every single day in Australia. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll.
Men generally are not good at sharing how they feel and are more likely to bottle up their feelings and emotions rather than talk to someone about them. There is a myth that men are supposed to be strong and showing their emotions is a signs of weakness. This can be a very unhealthy way of thinking.
Everyone’s mental health changes during different times in their life. Changes can be bought on by significant life events such as changing jobs, financial stress, relationship breakdown, workplace stress, retirement or losing a loved one.
It is important that if we are affected by these changes, we seek support. This doesn’t necessarily mean seeing a counsellor or a psychologist, it may mean finding a mate to chat with over a coffee or a walk. Having someone you can share your feelings with is vital to maintaining good mental health. Another good place to start is to chat with your GP, they will also be able to recommend professional services if they think necessary.
If you or someone you care about needs support, then reach out to someone. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, because it is always better than going it alone.
Crisis Support Services:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
13YARN: 13 92 76
Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years): 1800 551 800
National Alcohol and Other Drugs Hotline: 1800 250 015