Forum to help men
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.