*75% of those who take their own life are male.
*Eight Australians die every day by suicide which is more than double the road toll.
*Over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year.
I want you to take a deep breath and sit with those statistics for a minute…
And now I will share my story.
A month ago I lost two mates on the same day and both to suicide, and life hasn't been the same since. These loses have had a devastating impact upon so many families, friends and especially our surf community from Straddie (Stradbroke Island) across the world.
I have now found my passion... to CHANGE this whole game we call men’s mental health... Everyone I speak to has lost someone through suicide and the above statistics are clearly showing that whatever is being done IS NOT WORKING. I believe suicide can be prevented, and this is now my PURPOSE!!
Since losing my mates I have not stopped and I will not stop and with the help of my team, including a clinical psychologist, an accredited practicing dietitian, and fitness specialists, I have created THE BE MORE PROJECT.
THE BE MORE PROJECT is a 'mental fitness' program aimed at enhancing health and well-being in males aged 15-44 years. The program also directly tackles and actively decreases the stigma associated with men’s mental illness through conversation starters, reconnect groups, sharing real stories with real men, and podcast interviews with high profile athletes sharing their struggles. Early intervention and community outreach programs are also in the making targeting young men in the education system. If only we had these programs growing up…
The program is evidenced based and incorporates elements of positive psychology and the foundations of health which are embedded into a functional exercise program designed by qualified fitness specialists.
With the COVID-19 pandemic contributing to increased rates of stress, anxiety and depression, there is no better time than the present to start talking about, addressing and preventing men's mental illness… which I believe to be a pandemic in its own right.
Please help me with my quest to save more lives… we cannot do this alone. Every cent counts and all proceeds will be used to develop and implement this program with the purpose of creating change across Australia and hopefully worldwide. Let’s save lives together.
Thanks for your time, and support.
Brendan Murray & THE BE MORE PROJECT team
- Trish Jochheim
- Laura Mansfield
- Andrea Omerou
- Wes Ford
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