Young Peel men wanted for Youth Focus project on suicide prevention

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YOUTH Focus is seeking more than 50 young men from the Peel region to join its fight against suicide by taking part in a new workshop to find ways to overcome the unacceptably high toll.

The Young Men’s Project is a large-scale community forum where men aged between 18 and 25 work together to create real solutions to the growing number of Australian males taking their own lives.

Concerned by the number of young men killing themselves, Youth Focus established the Young Men’s Project in 2013 to encourage young males to work together on insightful and effective suicide prevention concepts.

Youth Focus has partnered with Alcoa of Australia to stage the Peel forum on Saturday, April 21 at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah from 10am to 4pm.

Each participant will be paid $100 to be involved in the day.

Young men from across the Peel region will collaborate on ideas, projects and events designed to make it easier for their peer group to seek help and shift the way they think about mental health issues.

Youth Focus Community Engagement general manager Chris Harris said the project took an innovative and practical approach to reduce suicide by inspiring young men and their mates to help each other.

“We know young men in Australia are three times more likely to take their own lives than young women,’’ he said.

“That is why we need to help them feel comfortable and confident to start conversations about mental health with their mates.

“The project is about creating a space where young men can openly discuss and prototype mental health strategies relevant to their own communities.

“This is about young men coming up with solutions.

“Most of the time these ideas aren’t expensive, technology based or time consuming.

“They can be the simplest of acts, like a community dinner, a community chat or any conduit that allows young men to let those closest know they may be doing it tough.”

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