Beyond Blue, the National LGBTI Health Alliance and the Movember foundation, are developing a website to help Australian gay men support the mental health of their gay friends and partners.
To ensure the resource is the most helpful that it can be, we want to share your stories on the website about reaching out to gay mates or partners to check in on their mental health.
Beyond Blue will share excepts of your de-identified stories on our gay men’s website and in promotional material for Beyond Blue and partners.
Who can take part
We are seeking stories specifically from gay men who have ever reached out to gay mates or partners to check in on their mental health. If you have a friend or contact who you feel would like to take part, please feel free to share the form with them.
Why your story is important
Our gay men’s website will explore the experiences that gay guys have reported to us that they often have when reaching out to a mate or partner; seeing something that worries them, preparing to have the conversation, bringing it up with their mate or partner, and reflecting on how it went.
Sharing your story about this experience will mean that other gay men can learn from your experiences and feel more confident in reaching out to their mates or partners.
In the interests of your well being and that of our other community members, we ask that you write about an issue you've resolved or are feeling OK about. If you're feeling distressed, need support or have questions you'd like answered, you can access our forums to continue the discussion or get in touch with our Support Service or QLife.
What happens to your story
The stories we publish are designed to create a safe space to talk about mental health issues and the impact on people's lives.
To do this, all stories submitted will be carefully reviewed by the project team at Beyond Blue and may need to be edited. To respect the privacy of others who may be involved in your story, we will also remove information which may identify others.
If we have concerns about a persons safety, we may contact you. If your story reflects current distress we will not be able to publish it.
Stories will be displayed on the website and promotional material with your first name. You can choose an alternative name/nickname if you prefer not to use your real name.
Taking care of yourself
Writing about difficult past experiences can be overwhelming at times. If you are distressed we encourage you to stop completing the activity, activate your support networks and look after yourself.
You may choose to contact the Beyond Blue Support Service. If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.