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Looking out for a mate

Looking out for a mate

The Save Our Mates Men’s Night Out held in Freeling on June 5 had a high turn out with over 100 people attending the Forum for men’s mental health.

Gavin Schuster, organiser from St Mark’s Shed Men Group, said that the night was well received by those who attended and widely supported by Freeling and surrounding areas.

Gavin said, “We had a guest speaker and two psychologists come along. They gave a brief rundown of how to recognise the signs of someone in trouble and how to approach that person in trouble and getting them talking about their problems and worries. 

“It was also about learning to listen to the problems they are having. As men, they are expected to not say anything if they are in trouble.”

Both Gavin and Pastor Peter Ziersch, who were involved in creating the evening, said that the feedback after the event was really positive and told that there should be more of these forums.

Peter said that over the years, the Freeling area has been struggling with male depression and suicide.

Lifeline statistics show that men are four times more likely to die from suicide than women.

Suicide is also one of the leading causes of death for Australians between 15 and 44.

Peter said there was good conversation after the forum where some people stayed to early morning to chat with each other about their troubles.

“We are always looking for opportunities to help the community. This is one way of being of service to the people and the community,” said Peter.

People from many different areas participated, including men from the Yorke Peninsula and Barossa Valley.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.