Fo­rum to help men

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

YOUNG men from around the Peel re­gion are be­ing urged to help the fight against sui­cide and earn some money for their ef­forts.

More than 50 young men from the re­gion aged be­tween 18 and 25 are needed for the Young Men’s Project fo­rum, which will be held on Satur­day at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium in Man­durah.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm and each par­tic­i­pant will be paid $100 for their in­volve­ment in the fo­rum, which is aimed at cre­at­ing tan­gi­ble so­lu­tions to the grow­ing num­ber of Aus­tralian men tak­ing their own lives.

Youth Fo­cus has part­nered with Al­coa of Aus­tralia to host the fo­rum which will help young men col­lab­o­rate on ideas, projects and events which could make it eas­ier for peo­ple to seek help, as well as cre­ate a shift in the way peo­ple think about men­tal health.

Youth Fo­cus com­mu­nity en­gage­ment gen­eral man­ager Chris Har­ris said the Young Men’s Project took an in­no­va­tive yet prac­ti­cal ap­proach to re­duce sui­cide by in­spir­ing young men and their mates to help each other.

“We know young men in Aus­tralia are three times more likely to take their own lives than young women,” Mr Har­ris said.

“That is why we need to help them feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent to start con­ver­sa­tions about men­tal health with their mates.

“This is about young men com­ing up with so­lu­tions. Most of the time these ideas aren’t ex­pen­sive, tech­nol­ogy-based or time con­sum­ing.”

To reg­is­ter for the Man­durah Young Men’s Project visit the web­site www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ the-young-mens-project-work­shop

If you or some­one you know needs ur­gent sup­port con­tact the Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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