“The way I felt at the time … everything was pointless.”
For Ralph Guice, the spark that ignited his very being had gone out.
Following a family tragedy, Ralph says, “I was about as low as you could go at that point.”
Ralph wasn’t enjoying his art, he wasn’t enjoying working on his car, and he wasn’t enjoying being around other people.
Discover Ralph’s journey and how he found the help and support he needed.
Men and mental health
Men’s mental health in Australia is an issue that has progressively received greater attention in recent years – and for good reason.
According to Beyond Blue, men comprise an average of six out of every eight suicides each day in Australia, making them three times more likely to die by suicide than women.
On average, one in eight men will experience depression and 20 per cent of men will experience some level of anxiety in their lives.
It’s critical then, that men are both aware of the resources available to them, and that they are given the tools to help deal with mental health issues.
New methods of support
New methods, including phone, online and other digital services, have proved to be successful in providing effective mental health care.
These alternatives provide a different option for men who may feel uncomfortable with the more traditional face-to-face services.
By using a more goal and solution-based style, male mental health services are changing how the messages around support are received.
Speaking about getting support as a way of gaining control and getting life back on track can also help people tackle mental health issues differently.
By having those conversations in a familiar place or environment, men are more likely to feel comfortable and be more openly receptive to getting the help and support they need.
If you’re looking for advice and support about men’s mental health, the following is a handy list of available online resources:
- MensLine Australia – call 1300 789 978.
- Beyond Blue – call 1300 224 636
- Dads In Distress – call (02) 6652 8113
- SANE Australia – call 1800 187 263 or chat online
- Lifeline – call 13 11 14 or chat online
- Suicide Call Back Service – call 1300 659 467
For more information about Australian Unity’s support programs, click here.
Please contact the MindStep team on 1800 322 278 for more information about your eligibility to participate in Australian Unity’s MindStep program.
Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest. Remedy Healthcare Group Pty Limited and Australian Unity Health Limited are wholly owned subsidiaries of Australian Unity Limited.