This Movember, a number of Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) staff are growing a mo to raise awareness and money for men’s health, including the LHD’s most senior member of the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Service, Jason Crisp.
As the Director of the largest rural mental health service in Australia, Jason is extremely passionate about men’s health in general and mental health.
“Movember is a great opportunity to talk about mental health and men’s health in general. We lose too many men to suicide. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3 out of every 4 suicides are men with the highest rates in the 45-49 year old age group. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone. That doesn’t have to be the case”.
There are a number of services available to assist men struggling with their mental health. The first point of contact is usually by phone with our Mental Health Helpline services on 1800 011 511 and available 24/7. However, the best option is always to simply ask a mate how he is going.
“Sadly even today there is still a stigma attached to mental health. However, we have the power to change that. We as a community are able to provide the help and support to stop the ones we love, from going over the edge”.
“There’s no single reason why men take their own lives, but we do know that by improving overall mental health we can reduce the risk of suicide. We need to address untreated mental health conditions among men”.
Through men growing a moustache and supporting the Movember Foundation, the money raised has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects in Australia and around the world.
“The Movember Foundation has a goal that by 2030 it’ll reduce the rate of male suicides by 25%. Part of this is working towards a world where men and boys are comfortable having conversations about the big things in life.”
“I am proud to be able to take part in such an important cause that is close to my heart. I hope to see significant reductions in the number of suicide rates in both men and women”. Jason said.
If you or someone you know is struggling contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or suicide call back service on 1300 659 467.
If a life is in danger call 000.