Per­fect pitch

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

PER­FECT strangers chill­ing around the bar­bie could be the key to help­ing men strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues.

Mr Per­fect bar­be­cue meet-ups were launched five years ago in Syd­ney when founder Terry Cor­nick ex­pe­ri­enced trou­bles with his men­tal health.

Now the unique grass­roots charity is be­ing ex­panded into South Perth for the first time by Beck­en­ham res­i­dent Ryan Baker.

Mr Baker said the bar­be­cues were a great way for men to get out, meet new peo­ple and speak to oth­ers about men­tal health is­sues.

He dis­cov­ered the charity af­ter strug­gling with his own men­tal health.

“I started to with­draw from peo­ple and strug­gle with my work as a sole pro­pri­etor in my own fi­nance busi­ness,” he said.

“Although I didn’t feel my is­sues were too bad when com­pared to oth­ers, I knew some­thing wasn’t quite right.”

Mr Baker said a col­league in NSW sug­gested he look into Mr Per­fect.

“When I looked it up, I felt a sense of con­nec­tion,” he said. “I liked the sim­plic­ity of what the charity did and I un­der­stood just what an im­por­tant cause it was as I have seen a lot of men with men­tal health is­sues.”

Mr Cor­nick said Mr Per­fect was born af­ter he re­alised he was not per­fect and as he shared his story with oth­ers, they felt com­fort­able, ac­cepted and con­nected.

He said there are many men who were iso­lated.

“In some ar­eas where we’ve held bar­be­cues, we’ve had men who haven't been out in six months and some who have just moved to a new area and don't have any friends,” he said.

The first lo­cal meet­ing will be on Sun­day, Novem­ber 17, from 10.30am at the end of Hurling­ham Road on the South Perth fore­shore.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Beck­en­ham man Ryan Baker is host­ing the first Mr Per­fect bar­be­cue for men­tal health. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d496725

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