In the past 48 hours, local Charles Sturt University students have taken to social media to tackle the issue of mental illness in young men, in an attempt to create more acceptance in talking about the issue.
The posts consisted of a “selfie” pose along with this paragraph:
“The single biggest killer of men aged under 45 is suicide. In 2014, 4623 took their own life. That’s 12 men every day, 1 man every two hours! 41% of men who contemplated suicide felt they could not talk about their feelings. Only 20% of people know that suicide is the most likely cause of death for men age under 45. Let’s show men across the world that #ITSOKAYTOTALK take a selfie with the tag 5 friends and let’s get the message out.”
Check out some of the posts below.
The posts have been well-received by the public who have shown their support and praised the boys for bringing acceptance to such a sensitive issue.