There’s alarming statistics surrounding suicide in Australia, with eight people taking their life every day, a majority are blokes. Alarmingly, this is on an upward trend.
Gotcha4Life was established because they do not accept Australia’s terrifying statistics on suicide has to be a reality now or in our future, and that we must change this for the better.
They strongly believe in the power of suicide prevention through connection, and champion the idea of proactively building mental fitness and the resilience required to deal better with the challenges that life throws at us.
Every single one of us goes through ups and downs in life, and we need to have the tools to handle the rough situations. This can be as simple as talking with mates, family or free-of-charge support lines (a few are at the bottom of this page). You can also check out article on 5 Tips For Mental Health.
Rugby League legend Benji Marshall knows all about this. Having spent a large chunk of his life in a male-dominated football environment, being tough and strong meant never showing emotion. Almost losing a friend to suicide at the age of 19, Benji understands the pressures some men experience and he is advocating that showing vulnerability and emotion as well as expressing your feelings is strong and manly. Which is why he’s the perfect Gotcha4Life ambassador.
Gotcha4Life is a not-for-profit Foundation raising awareness of the importance of identifying a close friend in your life, someone you can speak openly and honestly to when times are tough. They fund educational workshops and innovative training programs throughout Australia, that build mental fitness in individuals and communities, to activate strong, open and binding relationships.
June is Men’s health Month, and the legends at Head & Shoulders are involved with supporting Gotcha4Life and supporting Mental Fitness. They’ll even be donating a portion of every sale during June, so now you can treat your dandruff and contribute to an amazing campaign.
Need help? Ask.
There’s many different options and services available that can offer advice, support and information. You’re never alone.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Men’s Line: 1300 78 99 78