Suicide is the number one cause of death for men aged 14-44 in Australia. Men also account for 80% of all suicides.
Why is this the case? Well, there are lots of reasons, but a reluctance to seek help is a major factor. Despite one in eight young blokes experiencing depression and one in five experiencing anxiety at some point in their life, only a small number will take action and seek form.
The statistics are even worse for those living in rural and remote communities where 92 out of 100 men avoid asking for help altogether.
The first step for taking action when going through a tough time is opening up: A conversation.
For you, starting a conversation might be an easy thing to do, but for lots of blokes, taking that step isn't always the easiest thing to do. Too many young blokes reach a point in their life where they think that taking their own life is a better option than talking about how they’re feeling. After all, how often do we hear people saying: “man up”, “suck it up”, “grow a pair”, "get over it" and "harden up”?
In some ways, these comments are well intentioned: At their core is a message of resilience - which is a foundation of positive mental health. The problem of this attitude is that it provides the "what", but not the "how". Encouraging resilience is great, but completely worthless without something to back it up.
Ultimately, when anyone goes through a tough time, support is critical. Get Silent Get Heard is here to say (very loudly) that although starting a conversation might not be the easiest thing to do, staying silent is a lot harder.