Occasion raises $12,500 for Past Blue
The banking and mortgage broking trade got here collectively for a strong occasion known as MANtalk, the place 5 distinguished males bravely shared their private experiences with psychological well being struggles, isolation, and suicide.
This exceptional show of vulnerability and help raised $6,000 for psychological well being charity Past Blue, which was matched by occasion sponsor AMP Financial institution bringing the whole quantity to $12,000.
Justin Brooker, a 34-year-old mortgage dealer from MoneyQuest Australia, mentioned MANtalk was “one of the vital highly effective days” of his life after discussing his struggles with suicidal ideas.
“I confronted a number of hundred folks and disclosed my critical psychological well being struggles final yr and my latest ADHD prognosis,” Brooker mentioned. “It was additionally well timed as right this moment marks the sixth anniversary of my Kind 1 diabetes prognosis.”
MANtalk: 5 males’s psychological well being tales of success
The occasion, held on-line and on the AMP Financial institution occasion area in Melbourne on December 8, opened with occasion organiser Tripti Goyal stating some info from Past Blue:
- Males are much less more likely to search psychological well being assist than girls
- One in seven males will expertise despair of their lifetime – equating to over 3.4 million males or 13.2% of the Australian inhabitants
- One in 5 males expertise an anxiousness situation like OCD, PTSD, or generalised anxiousness dysfunction
- Males are 3 times extra more likely to die from suicide than girls with 3,455 males taking their very own lives in 2022 – or six males a day
From there, the occasion delved right into a panel dialogue hosted by dealer mentor Therese O’Neill and that includes:
- Justin Brooker, MoneyQuest mortgage dealer;
- Paul Herbert, head of middleman distribution & finance, AMP Financial institution;
- Kerry Kalendra, dealer & 2023 VIC/TAS Wellness Advocate of the Yr;
- Anthony Wick, Nationwide Mortgage Brokers (nMB) partnerships supervisor & 2023 Australian Wellness Advocate of the Yr and
- Chris Foster-Ramsay, mortgage dealer at Foster Ramsay Finance.
Eradicating the masks on psychological well being battles
For Foster-Ramsay, speaking about his expertise was “personally uncomfortable” regardless of his expertise as a media commentator.
“I assumed my story was finest stored non-public,” Foster-Ramsay mentioned. “However what I discovered yesterday was that by bringing it out within the open and discussing it as a part of a panel, it introduced it to the forefront of debate. My message lastly meant one thing to me and was valued by others.”
“Males’s psychological well being is a matter that wants the masks taken off and put within the open for open dialogue. In reality, at the moment of yr, it will get worse.”
Foster-Ramsay talked concerning the loneliness of operating a small enterprise, having to ‘slot in’ over the festive season to please others and concern over controlling money movement in a time of the excessive value of dwelling can all snowball to a crushing degree in some.
“To those that can relate to this, I completely sympathise, and I promise I’m right here for you,” Foster-Ramsay mentioned.
“There’s a group of brokers and small enterprise homeowners who’ve been by the darkish tunnel earlier than you and emerged. There are untapped sources that may be accessed – simply by selecting up the telephone.”
MANtalk: The significance of connection
After the panel, psychological well being clinician Kim Graham and suicide prevention officer Breanna Campbell talked by the indicators of suicide and what actions you need to take should you or somebody you understand are experiencing signs.
This was adopted by a speech by Bronwyn Penhaligon, a strategic psychotherapist specialist in anxiousness, who offered an in-depth evaluation of tension and sensible instruments to beat automated unfavorable ideas and overthinking.
“Sincere conversations about vulnerability are disruptive,” Penahaligon mentioned. “They shine gentle in darkish corners and drive us to take a look at what lays hidden. And generally, that reveal modifications every little thing. I used to be honoured to listen to 5 very completely different, extremely highly effective tales of survival yesterday.”
“These 5 brave males shared their full experiences of ‘lower than superior’ psychological well being – every detailing the build-up, the ‘occasion’, the therapeutic … as I listened to their actual, uncooked truths, a strong underlying theme tied all of them collectively – the significance of connection.”
The occasion concluded by offering sources, due to Past Blue and AMP Financial institution, to help attendees on the occasion in addition to afterwards with a observe up electronic mail containing info on native psychological well being clinics, help teams, and different sources.
Amongst those who attended the occasion have been (pictured above left to proper), Anthony Wick, Justin Brooker, Kerry Kalendra, Chris Foster-Ramsay, Kim Graham, Paul Herbert, Tripti Goyal, Therese O’Neill, Bronwyn Penhaligon and Breeanna Campbell.
To get assist right this moment, name a Past Blue counsellor on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14
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