Guys find it hard to talk about problems and ask for help. They often stay silent about the real issues in their lives – issues we can all have from time to time, like bullying, anxiety, getting dumped or feeling sad all the time.

Young guys suffer from depression and anxiety at around the same rate as young women, around 1 in 4. However, unlike girls, only 1 in 10 guys will talk to someone and get help.

Menslink and the Raiders are teaming up in 2016 to take the Silence is Deadly campaign out to every high school and college.

We see too many young blokes suffering in silence – screwing up their school work, leaving school or just feeling miserable – and not getting help. Silence can be deadly – and deadly doesn’t mean cool, it means fatal.

Suicide kills more young guys over fifteen than any other cause and we don’t want silence to let it get to that stage.

Suicide kills more young guys over fifteen than any other cause and we don’t want silence to let it get to that stage.

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Do you think your friend might be going through some stuff? Don’t just stand there – ask a mate if they’re okay and want to talk. Don’t make excuses, start a conversation today. Don’t wait till it’s too late.

This year in Canberra alone, we estimate around 3,500 young blokes are facing hassles in their lives. Less than 500 of them are getting the help they need.

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We want young guys to team up. Help a mate – be a mate. Get some support to help your mate if you think he needs it, or if you need it.

Get more than one person if you can – a close mate, a professional like a counsellor or youth worker or your parents or a teacher. Start talking. It might be hard at the beginning but you’ll be surprised how good it feels to have someone listen and not judge you. Then start feeling better.

Don’t think we’re coming to your school? Check with your pastoral care officer or counsellor, or  shoot us an email and tell us to come.

And of course if you need help soon, follow the links and we’ve got a range of places you can go to – some are even online.

 

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