EIGHT people a day in Australia are dying from suicide, six of them are men.
Sadly, all three of us on our radio show, “Heidi, Will & Woody” have been affected personally by male depression and suicide.
So for the last few weeks, we have made it our mission to make a difference in our community and try and reach out to as many men as possible.
We want men to know that it is ok to feel.
We want men to know that it is ok to cry.
We want men to know that it is ok to have a conversation with a friend or family member about where their head is at.
We want men to know that there is nothing unmanly about asking for help and seeing a psychologist.
Three years ago, Will was diagnosed with depression. He has gone through the ups and downs this condition demands, but thanks to a very significant text message to Woody, our co-host, he reached out and was no longer trapped to suffer in silence.
“The pain of letting them know what you’re going through, and all of the emotion that comes with it is minuscule compared to the pain of not knowing, and potentially not communicating, and something bad happening,” said Will.
To show men how beneficial talking about their feelings can be, Will interviewed Woody about his depression, asking him to talk about how it felt to learn of his best mates struggle.
We want men to know that #manlymencrytoo and that’s why today, I have used this column to share with you a video that we believe is worth sharing with the men in your life.
In it, you will see the likes of Danny Green, Peking Duk, Illy, Mitch Johnson, Grant Denyer, Jeremy McGovern and Shannon Noll open up about the last time they cried and argue that men showing emotion is a strength, not a weakness.
As you know, I am a woman so I find it hard to relate to not being able to express my true feelings.
But there is a real problem in our society with men and them not wanting to show the rest of the world that they might be experiencing pain.
A male shedding a tear shouldn’t be frowned up or looked down on from other blokes. Men should feel ok to express their worries and concerns and that’s what we want to achieve.
So we have banded together with your sporting heroes, actors, celebrities, TV and media personalities, comedians and musicians to show blokes that #manlymencrytoo.