How do we know the signs that someone – one of your mates – is not necessarily coping or may be developing a mental health problem? Most of us have heard of or undertaken training in physical first aid, but, when it comes to mental health or emotional first aid, we are not so well trained or equipped.
This 45min ‘toolbox talk’ will enable you to recognise the signs of depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide in your mate. This presentation is delivered by Lifeline skills-for-life suicide prevention trainers.
Bring awareness to your organisation
Harden up. Suck it up. Man up. We’ve been telling ourselves this for years, but is it healthy? Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. Alarming new research suggests that some men choose to take their own life rather than appear weak by asking for help.
But then there’s the biggie. The number one thing you’re meant to be able to offer your mates – support when they need it. Aussie's excel at the day to day of mateship, but often aren’t there to lend a hand when a friend is doing it tough emotionally, because they don’t know their mate needs help. We need to know, we need to be real and open to someone being able to voice emotions around mental health issues. Not just men, of course, but especially men.