Mental health for blokes
Crisis? What crisis?
Sometimes you might be feeling stressed, anxious or angry, or just need to talk to someone. But sometimes you’re not really sure what to do or where to start.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
There are a range of services to help you, if you need someone to talk to.
Mental health counselling
While mental health is not the taboo subject it once was, it can still be difficult for men to recognise when something’s wrong or to know where to get help. There are many excellent mental health services available in WA.
“Dealing with the loss of my partner after 40 years, and my own ill health, has been difficult, but I’m starting to come out of that black hole through counselling and family support.” – David, 68
Making sense of your dollars
For men who find themselves without money or food, pride often stands in the way of getting financial help. There are support groups which can offer practical and material assistance, including food parcels, disaster relief, furniture and counselling services.
“When I was sacked we were left with a big mortgage. I found out about a free financial service and arranged an appointment with a financial counsellor. He helped with a few options I could take, which took away some of the stress and worry.” – Mark, 55
Hassles with money and legal matters can be a lot easier to manage if you know where to go for advice and assistance.
Community – be part of something
When life seems like it’s never meant to be easy, it can help to get out of your rut.
Helping others and becoming involved in your local community through volunteering can pull you out of a rut. In Western Australia there are a number of community centres, men’s sheds and other places where you can get support, or volunteer and help others.
Habits and addiction
If you’re struggling with a destructive habit, like gambling, smoking, drugs or alcohol, you don’t have to deal with it alone. There is support available to help you break the cycle of addiction or dependency.
Visit MAN – healthier directions for males (external site) to access a copy of the Blokes’ Book, a directory of services which can help you across a broad range of health and wellbeing areas.
Where to get help
- See your doctor.
- Visit a GP after hours.
- Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222
- Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)
Metro callers 1300 55 788
Peel 1800 676 822
Rural and remote areas 1800 552 002
This information provided by
MAN – healthier directions for males
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