Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged 15-44
3027 Australians ended their own lives in 2015, that's an average of 8.3 deaths everyday. While suicide is ranked 13th for leading cause of death in 2015, it still has a median age at least 20 years younger than any other top 20 cause of death.
More Australians aged between 15-44 die at their own hands than any other cause, not the road toll, not workplace safety or even rogue peanut butter sandwiches are to blame, it falls solely on the black dog.
Of those 3027 suicides 2292 of those were Aussie blokes, young men who had lost their way and either felt they had no one to speak to or that stubborn male pride made them literally take their problems to the grave.
The greatest enemy of mental illness is your willingness to speak openly about problems you may be facing, everybody needs a hand up at some stage in their life it is not weak to seek help.
So what is the answer? More conversations, while there has been great work done towards educating people on how wide spread the effects of mental health are on Australian society. The stigma of speaking up still seems to be prevalent especially in the male community, don't be scared to talk & if you don't have a mate with an ear go see your doctor or one of the many mental health help lines that are available below, they're all there to help you.
If you're a Victorian based follower & want to be able to share the story of your mental health anonymously, please look into the Masked Follow The Rabbit project currently taking place in Melbourne. It is a brilliant photo book series filled with masked portraits & tales of mental health struggles told by local Melbournians.
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