Today is International Men’s Day, and with so many men part of our St Mary’s community, it is an important opportunity to highlight men’s mental health.
Why is this so important? Because suicide is the leading cause of males under the age of 55 in Australia.
3 in 4 suicides are male, and between 4 and 5 men under 55 die by suicide every day.
And yet, 75% of male suicide attempts are not linked to a mental health issue.
1 in 2 men will have a mental health disorder in their lifetime, which comes in the form of a diagnosable illness like depression or anxiety.
So in talking about men, we think it’s critical to talk about the issues impacting so many men and look at what can be done to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
So today, St Mary’s encourages all our players and supporters to check in with at least one male in your life. And to all the males out there, remember to check in on yourself and do something that improves your mental health whether it be go for a run or hanging out with a footy mate.
A list of mental health supports is available here: https://smfnc.com/mental-health/