Beyondblue’s Linda Shepherd and stallholder Carmel North relax in front of the beyondblue national roadshow’s Big Blue Bus.
Beyondblue’s Linda Shepherd and stallholder Carmel North relax in front of the beyondblue national roadshow’s Big Blue Bus. Alistair Brightman

Work, relationship issues bothering some young men

BEYONDBLUE workers were surprised at how many young men attended their booth to seek help for depression at the Red Cross Family Fun Day.

Beyondblue chief executive officer Georgie Harman said it showed the severity of the illness among males.

"They were worried about their jobs and sought advice on relationship breakdowns," Ms Harman said.

"We also had families who wanted to talk about their struggles and how they were feeling and if what they were going through was normal," she said.

More than 500 people attended the Friday event that wrapped up the Fraser Coast Mental Health Week.

Thirty stalls, including Red Cross PHaMs employment, Wide Bay Hospital and Bayside Transformation, provided information to people seeking advice about mental health.

There were also performances from jazz soloist Helen Charman, Flaming Sands Belle Dancers and Sparks Dance Troup.

Councillor Stuart Taylor said the event highlighted some of the major help available for mental health.

"I had conversations with people who have dealt with mental health, depression and anxiety issues throughout their lives and the thing to remember is there are a lot of organisations available to people seeing assistance," Cr Taylor said.

"We should treat mental health the same way we treat physical health," he said.

"We have to make sure we look after ourselves emotionally, spiritually and physically."

Phone beyondblue on 1300 22 4436 or visit beyondblue.org.au to chat online.

Men looking for help can also visit mantherapy.org.au.



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