Tips for taking care of yourself and your mates
Why is taking care of yourself and your mates important?
- Our health gets better
- Our mental health is in better shape
- We are simply more available and present for our loved ones.
- Our stress levels decrease, negating the negative impacts of stress
- Our levels of resilience are much higher
- Our ability to access higher levels of creativity and clear thinking are enhanced
- We simply perform better
- We become a role model – we give permission to other men AND the next generation to put self care high on the agenda.
- Many of the issues that we face in society would be alleviated if we simply put good self care higher on the agenda!
Some tips for taking care of yourself and your mates
- Reconnect with your hobbies.
- Live healthy – eat well, exercise your body, get enough sleep, avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Spend time with your mates and your loved ones.
- Do something you enjoy everyday – something that is just for you.
For more information – click here.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways you can help to prevent suicide in our community, such as:
- Becoming a Real Mates Talk Ambassador – contact us and we’ll give you more details.
- Liking and sharing posts on the Real Mates Talk Facebook page in your personal and work networks, particularly posts about our Ambassadors.
- Participating in a workshop to develop your suicide prevention skills (more info is in the SPCAP Training Register).
- Letting us know about any events in your community we could participate in.
- Register your interest for a presentation at your workplace, sporting club or community group.
- Sharing information from Real Mates Talk website and Facebook page with colleagues, family and friends about mental health, so you shatter stigma and bust myths.
How can I support the men around me – my son, brother, father, friend, husband?
There are also many simple things you can do every day for the men around you so they stay mentally well, such as:
- Stay connected with the men in your family, work or social groups, and encourage them to connect with others. Text or phone each other, catch up for a drink, go fishing, watch the footy, take your kids for a bike ride, have a barbeque…
- Notice what’s happening for the men around you. There may have been a particular event that can impact their mental health, such as problems in their family, separation from their partners and children, financial trouble or health issues.
- Even without any particular event you know of, notice other changes for the men around you. This could be changes in their mood, or if they are spending more time alone, drinking more often or becoming more withdrawn.
- Reach in and simply ask “What’s up mate?” Then just listen and be there for the person. You don’t need to give advice or have any answers.
- If needed, support the person to get more help, which could be supporting them to talk to a family member, making an appointment with a GP, giving them a resource with other contact numbers (such as the Saving Lives infographic) or phoning a helpline.
- Complete a suicide prevention workshop (click here to find one in our region) so you have the information and skills you need to respond to a crisis.
- If you’re not comfortable having this conversation, support the person to link with someone else who can.
Real Mates Talk Out and About
Better Off With You is a pilot initiative delivered by SANE Australia, and is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
The Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region is one of two communities chosen for the targeted pilot campaign. The other is the Northern Beaches in Sydney. The Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac campaign features three real stories told by local people with experience of suicidal thoughts and attempts.
Better Off With You aims to speak directly to people feeling suicidal, and seeks to challenge the perception that they are a burden on their family, friends and other people. The campaign will be promoted across social media, radio, print media, outdoor advertising and TV.
The campaign website betteroffwithyou.org.au houses the video stories, support information, a listing of national and local services and an online moderated forum where people can discuss the campaign and share their experiences. The pilot initiative was developed in consultation with local groups and those with lived experience, and includes a research component to ensure the campaign’s safety, measure impact and to inform future national suicide prevention activities.