Men

Men are known for bottling things up. But when you’re feeling down, taking action to call in extra support is the responsible thing to do.

Trying to go it alone when you’re feeling down increases the risk of depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated. Depression is a high risk factor for suicide, and plays a contributing role to the big difference in suicide rates for men and women.

On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.1

Blokes make up an average six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll.

Everyone’s mental health varies during their life, and can move back and forth along their own personal range between positive and healthy at one end through to severe symptoms or conditions that impact on everyday life at the other, in response to different stressors and experiences.

Effectively managing your mental health can give you significant improvements in your quality of life, increase your capacity to support your family and your mates, and let you perform at your best.



 

If you want to get a handle on how you’re travelling, take the Mind Quiz and get some suggestions on what to do next.

Check out our practical tips on what to do when times are tough and find out how to support your mates when they’re going through a rough patch.

If you're a new dad finding things harder than you expected, check out our four-part web series, Dadvice. You can also take our stress test and get some tips for nailing this whole dad thing on 2.3 hours sleep.



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1. For a full list of references for the statistics on this page, and any others across the website, please visit the references page and search through the relevant category.