In Australia, almost one young male is lost to suicide every day. This could be someone’s son, brother or mate.
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.
It is important for boys to have good mental health and maintain a healthy balance between body and mind.
Through initiatives and focuses, such as Mental Health Week held each year, men are gaining and maintaining physical and emotional health, in a busy and sometimes challenging world. Young men are being asked to consider how their attitudes and behaviours can influence others’ experiences of mental health problems, and that being a good mate can make all the difference.
Youth Focus have put together a list of ways to support your mates and their mental health:
1. Reach out regularly to your friends via an SMS or call
2. Ask how your friends are and listen without judgement
3. Encourage action and get expert help if the conversation is too big to tackle alone
4. Check in with your friends regularly
At Christ Church Grammar School, we believe in empowering boys to reach their potential to enjoy a long, flourishing life; raising awareness and supporting the health and wellbeing of men is an important and critical community issue.
“We encourage every man across the school community to take up a new physical activity, challenge themselves, find a mentor, reach out to an old friend or establish a new friendship, and stay connected and engaged physically, emotionally and spiritually,” says Liam Casson, Director of The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing at Christ Church Grammar School.
As a school we aim to help eliminate the stigma, shame, and weakness that young men often associate with mental health issues. To find out more, visit The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing to learn about our approach to positive mental health.