November or “Movember” is the month that we draw attention to men’s health including men’s mental health.
While many of you will know where we stand on cancer (if not, you NEED to check out our free health events), we are really pleased to see Movember expand it’s awareness raising power to also include men’s mental health and suicide awareness.
Not to discount the seriousness of male related cancer, but the rate of suicide in men has become alarming and it is about time that the mental health of our men gets the attention it deserves.
In most cases suicide may be preventable.
If you or anyone you know is battling depression, it can leave you feeling helpless. There are many organisations now which are set up to help, such as Black Dog Institute and Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 , https://www.facebook.com/beyondblue/ ).
Suicide has a devastating impact on friends, family and the broader community. I’ve best heard it described as a permanent outcome to what is often a temporary problem.
R U Ok also has some great resources and tips about engaging with those at risk of suicide and remember anyone can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14,
In an emergency situation be sure to call 000.