The ABC hopes to “kick-start a national conversation about Aussie male suicide” next month with the launch of a three-part series and wider social campaign called “Man Up”.
Hosted by the star of Triple M’s radio team in Sydney, Gus Worland, the program makers say the series follows Gus as he “sets out on a mission to save Aussie men from their biggest killer… themselves”.
Gus has lived experience of male suicide, having lost a close friend to suicide ten years ago and is father to a teenage son on the verge of adulthood.
Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project says:
“Suicide claims the lives of six men a day in Australia and costs the country an estimated $13B a year. We can and must do more to prevent these deaths. We encourage everyone who is committed to stopping male suicide in Australia to get involved in this national conversation in ways that can help us close the gender suicide gap.”
Man Up is principally financed by the Movember Foundation in association with the University of Melbourne and produce by the ABC. The first program will be broadcast at 8.30pm October 11 on ABC and will be available on iview.
For more information on the program and the Man Up campaign see: www.manup.org.au.