Year of activism #28

This is a powerful piece from Moira Were that speaks to me, as it should to all men.

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A funeral is not a place I would think of immediately as a place to exercise activism, yet I got to see first hand how it could be a place to show a pathway to be a mental health activist this week. A working class man, a carpenter, a son, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather, a dad, a husband, a friend, a fisherman, a drinking buddy, a lover of Johnny Cash, a person with type 2 diabetes, a person with depression parted ways with this side of the planet by his own hand. There are so many reasons why this happens and it leaves a very long tail of grief behind.

Men’s health, in particular men’s mental health is faced with an enormous challenge in combating suicide. If you work in the construction industries you are more likely to suicide than die on site. Tradies, or men in blue-collar…

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6 thoughts on “Year of activism #28

  1. Couldn’t agree more Doug. I found it both powerful and, personally, very timely having spent several hours in a deep fog that I had pulled myself out of but so many walk this line and it has to be put out there way beyond the RU OK approach that is well meaning but too superficial

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  2. It does speak powerfully. Thank you for sharing Doug. Acknowledging that many of us walk this line is a powerful reminder that we are not alone. Our greatest enemy is ourselves and keeping this stuff in your own head without sharing is a recipe for eventual disaster. We are social creatures and need social support

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