We're calling on men to grow the support for each other in Tassie, and beyond. And we'd love the support of our sisters to encourage men to take up this challenge.
We'd love your help to spread the word. Visit the pledge page, and start growing community transmission of support for the men and boys in your life.
Can you send us a short videos of yourself committing to Call It Forward? Join our facebook page or other social media and start sharing. Visit the campaign web page here. Please like and share this campaign through your networks.
Why are we running this campaign? We know the stats. That suicide is a huge issue in this country, that takes 8 people, a day from our communities and that 6 of them are men.
There are reports in the media that family violence rates are going up, and national stats show that some men are responsible for the majority of family violence. Family violence is a very complex issue. While we don't condone any violence whether against oneself or others, we believe that underneath these issues there is significant stress, mental illness, and other factors. We know that most men who suicide have not received a diagnosis of mental illness, not sough medical intervention for is. The significant other factors that lead to these issues include work related problems - retrenchment, retirement redundancy and unemployment or underemployment. We know financial stress is huge, and men are at 12 times the risk of suicide when financially stressed. We know that relationship issues are another significant underlying factor, both with partners and particularly regarding the loss of access to children. We know that throwing in booze and other drugs, risk factors increase again. And we know social isolation increases the risk of suicide for men.
So in this time of COVID 19, many of these factors are likely to increase, and that the consequences are not good.
So we're trying to build on the strengths of men. We want to encourage men to grow and lean on that mate-ship. We want to grow authenticity in relationship between us blokes, to encourage us to be there for our mates - but more than anything, to show that we generally get it.
Some might feel they don't have the right words to talk to their mates, we hope some of our content will help with that. Some might need some resources to connect their mates - and hopefully we can be a portal for some of that support.
Hopefully most men are talking to their close mates. So we're hoping that we can all step up to call those blokes beyond our usual network. Connect with those who we're concerned about. Reach out and build on the strengths of men to be resilient, along with the mate-ship that we know men value and appreciate.