The new Blokes’ Book - helping men help their mates.
The Blokes’ Book will be launched via ZOOM at 12 noon on Tuesday 26 May. Minister Rockliff will launch the book, along with representatives from the men’s health sector.
A new, revised edition of The Blokes’ Book—a publication packed with information and resources to support the wellbeing of Tasmanian men and boys—has been released at a time when the Tasmanian community needs it more than ever.
The updated Blokes’ Book features helpful information and current contacts to help men support each other—particularly in cases where they may be struggling with challenging life situations or thoughts of suicide.
Thanks to funding support from the North West Suicide Prevention Trial Site* (NW Trial Site), Rural Alive and Well, the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association, Launceston City Council and the Tasmanian Government for supporting this reprint of the Blokes’ Book.
As part of the funding from the NW Trial Site, MRT has been able to add critical information designed to help men to support their mates when they are worried about suicidal issues arising. Over 50% (and possibly as much as 75%) of male suicide is associated with issues other than mental illness. Major causes of suicide in men include relationship breakdown, unemployment or financial issues—often exacerbated by alcohol use.
We really appreciate the Stop Male Suicide project for allowing us to include their information that can help men find the words to safely and confidently have difficult conversations with their mates when they are worried about them.
10,000 copies of the Blokes’ Book have been distributed since 2017, and now another 7500 are available throughout the state.
An online version of the Blokes’ Book can be accessed at www.mrtasmania.org/blokesbook. and hardcopies are also available through contacting MRT on email@example.com