Holding onto Hope is a podcast series from Lifeline Australia, in which people who have come through the darkness of suicidality share the connection that gave them hope to continue living.

In this episode, we are joined by Will, a 29-year-old electrician. Growing up in Eltham, a town northeast of Melbourne, Will had a fairly standard childhood. However, beneath the surface of normalcy lay a profound struggle that began at a young age.

At just five years old, Will's life was touched by tragedy when his cousin took his own life. This event, coupled with a lack of positive emotional role models in his life, led Will down a path where thoughts of suicide became familiar, almost normalised, responses to emotional distress.

In this conversation, Will shares about reaching out to Lifeline during moments of despair, the challenges of navigating relationships, and the stigma surrounding men's mental health.

Join us as we delve into Will's journey of resilience, self-discovery, and the ongoing pursuit of mental well-being in a world where seeking help is a sign of strength.

Please note that suicidality and its contributing factors are discussed and may have a triggering effect. If you experience emotional distress as a result of listening, please reach out to someone you trust and/or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time. If life is in danger, please call 000.