Suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 to 44 years old. Among those, it is the 10th biggest killer to men in Australia today. I created this project to raise awareness of the debilitating effects on mental illness. I have had my own personal struggles with Anxiety and Depression and I learned that talking was one of my biggest healers. However, we have become accustomed to telling men to MAN UP and when we tell men to man up, they're falling down. Silence is killing our men, we need to tell them that its okay to talk, it's healthy to share your pains, and there is strength in vulnerability.
This campaign will be released for World Suicide Prevention Day in September and will run for a month until, World Mental Health Day in October. We will be making a short documentary with lived experience interviews of men talking and sharing their stories of recovery and letting others know that there will always be hope. We will do this in the most honest and vulnerable way we can- all to give you an insight to the lives of those who have lived/ or are living with mental illnesses.
All the money raised in this campaign is to donate to Mindfullaus, who provide workshops and programs for men to teach them about resilience and the road to wellness. They aim to educate, to give tools to live a healthy and fullfilling life, as well as spread a message of hope. We strongly believe that by showing men that it's okay to talk, will give them another chance of being here tomorrow. Help us save lives, it's time to start talking- now.