Four suicide prevention programs for men of South Western Sydney

shutterstock_371583319There has been a gradual increase in the suicide rate of men.

According to the NSW Suicide Monitoring and Data Management System, there were 104 suspected or confirmed suicide deaths reported in NSW from 1 January to 31 January 2021. This is significantly more than the number of deaths reported within the same period in 2019 (75) or 2020 (81). The suicide rate of men is almost four times that of women.

SWSPHN has responded to these statistics by funding four different proactive approaches to Men’s Suicide Prevention:

  • Lifeline’s Read the Signs course to raise men’s awareness of stress, depression, suicide prevention, seeking help and self-care.
  • We are Men campaign, video stories, podcast, app and website – through which men discuss their mental health to break down stigma.
  • Parents Beyond Breakup, a ‘drop in’ peer support group for men experiencing distress related to relationship, legal and financial challenges.
  • Mentoring Men proactively provides free one-to-one ‘life mentoring’ for men experiencing distress or a sense of helplessness.

Lifeline Macarthur’s Read the Signs course

Lifeline logoRead the Signs is a free, two-hour short course to raise men’s awareness of stress, depression, suicide prevention, seeking help and self-care.

Topics covered include:

  • what is stress and depression
  • what do I need to know about suicide
  • what can I do
  • self-care and safety

Who

Read the Signs is for men aged 15 and above, for individuals and businesses, across South Western Sydney.

When/Where

Lifeline Macarthur runs a number of courses each week, mainly via Zoom. Check Eventbrite for the current schedule. Registrations are open and ongoing.

Find out more

Lifeline Macarthur – Read the Signs


We Are Men

We Are men logoThe We Are Men campaign aims to reduce male suicide and the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. Via a video and podcast series, 10 real men talk about their real struggles and open up about their mental health. The We Are Men website links to health services and programs within South Western Sydney that men can access for further help.

Who

Men living in South Western Sydney.

Where/When

We Are Men will engage with men across three digital platforms

Videos and podcasts will be added progressively until 31 May.

The new path will launch in May.

Find out more

We Are Men


Parents Beyond Breakup

Dads In Distress logoParents Beyond Breakup is providing free ‘drop in’ peer support group for men experiencing distress related to relationship, legal and financial challenges.

Who

Separating dads in South Western Sydney.

Where/When

An online ‘drop in’ support group is available three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7.20pm.

In-person ‘drop in’ support groups run one day each week across six planned locations – Liverpool (already running) and five others which will launch soon at Bowral, Glenfield, Revesby, Campbelltown, Oran Park. Find specific times, dates and location details at www.peersupport.men.

Peer support groups are male-friendly and confidential, and no bookings are required, just ‘drop in’.

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Support Groups for Men


Mentoring Men

Mentoring Men logoMentoring Men helps adult men experiencing challenges that could develop into a crisis and encourages them to engage. Challenges might include loneliness, isolation, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, motivation, confidence, helplessness and hopelessness that could lead to suicidal feelings. Mentoring Men provides free one-on-one ‘life’ mentoring, enabling mentees to adjust and transition to a better and normal quality of life.

Mentee or mentor – what’s the difference? A mentee is a man who seeks to improve their life with support from their mentor. A mentor is a man who volunteers their time to meet, listen and help a mentee in his life journey.

Mentee benefits – mentees are matched with a trusted male mentor who will: listen and support them; help them with goal setting; be non-judgemental; help them with relationship challenges; help take action on mental health issues; help improve confidence and self-esteem; help increase their capacity to move forward in areas where they may be stuck.

Mentor benefits – free training; professional development and support; personal fulfillment; helping other men and connecting with others

Who

Men in South Western Sydney.

Mentees are any man over the age of 18 who meet the acceptance criteria.

note: while mentors are trained and dedicated volunteers, in some cases men applying for the program may need professional support and will be referred to other agencies.

Mentors are any man over the age of 21 who meets the acceptance criteria.

This includes:

  • Submitting a current Working with Children check and a National Crime Check that are both less than three years old.
  • Providing two character references.
  • Being available for about one hour a week or fortnight for the mentoring period (usually six to 12 months).

Where/when

Mentees are carefully matched to mentors. Mentoring sessions are held for up to one hour, on a regular basis, usually weekly or fortnightly for six to 12 months. The scheduling and venue for the mentoring sessions is jointly agreed by the mentor and mentee. Mentees set the agenda of what is to be discussed and the mentor supports the mentees interests and goals.

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Mentoring Men