Men need courage to ask for help: Lifeline

The one-off jerseys to be used in the game. Lifeline’s 13 11 14 Crisis Support Service. Photo supplied.

The one-off jerseys to be used in the game. Lifeline’s 13 11 14 Crisis Support Service. Photo supplied.

The Lismore first-grade rugby team will be wearing one-off jerseys bearing the Lifeline logo at this Saturday’s game against Lennox Head. The aim sis to highlight the importance of open and non-judgemental conversations about mental health, suicide and well-being. Lifeline Northern Rivers are joining with Lismore City Rugby Club to hold an awareness and fundraising through a gold coin donation for entry.

Niall Mulligan, Centre Manager at Lifeline Northern Rivers, said ‘We know from more than 850,000 interactions across our national 24/7 crisis support services each year that reaching out when you’re struggling can be one of the toughest actions someone can take – it shows real courage.

‘And while we have a wonderful culture of mateship in Australia, outdated ideas about stoicism and masculinity mean men often struggle to reach out to friends and loved ones during tough times.

‘Lifeline is delighted to be able to partner with a strong community organisation like Lismore Rugby Club to encourage men, and particularly young men, to have the courage to seek help if they need to do so.’

Will Cotterill, Lismore first grade coach, said ‘Playing rugby has always been about teamwork and supporting your team-mates, if Lismore Rugby Club can play a part in building awareness and encouraging the sort of open conversations that can help to save lives then we are delighted to take that opportunity.’

For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit.

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