The Stop Male Suicide project was founded by Glen Poole in 2016 with the support of men’s health consultant Greg Millan who co-ordinates our Stop Male Suicide seminar series.
Glen is a men’s health and wellbeing champion from the UK who relocated to Australia in 2015.
Glen has longstanding interest in male suicide prevention and as UK co-ordinator for International Men’s Day since 2010, he has long advocated for male suicide to be addressed as a national priority.
As founder and chair of the National Conference for Men and Boys (2010-2013), Glen championed the work of various suicide prevention initiatives and in particular the charity CALM UK (The Campaign Against Living Miserably).
In 2013 and 2015, Glen worked with CALM to facilitate the annual summit of the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Network in the North West of England
Glen also worked with CALM on its innovative Year Of The Male project in 2014, which aimed to ‘turn male suicide into a national conversation’. Through this project he met Martin Seager, a Consultant Psychiatrist with the suicide prevention charity, Samaritans, who invited Glen to deliver keynote speeches at the National Male Psychology Conferences in London in 2014 and 2015.
Glen is well known in the Australian men’s health sector, having presented at the National Men’s Health Gathering in Brisbane (2013) and Central Coast (2015). He has also worked with Greg Millan of Men’s Health Services in Australia to deliver a series of his ‘Helping Men Get Help’ workshops to frontline professionals in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Tasmania.
In November 2015, with the support of a broad alliance of charities and the British Psychology Society, the drive to ‘turn male suicide into a national conversation’ in the UK saw International Men’s Day (co-ordinated by Glen), being used as a platform to host the UK’s first parliamentary debate on male suicide and men’s issues.
In 2016, the founder of International Men’s Day (IMD), Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, from The University of the West Indies, accepted Glen’s proposal to make the global theme for IMD in 2016 “Talk About Male Suicide”.
This recognises the fact that IMD 2016 will be held on Saturday 19th November, which coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
As an Australian resident, Glen is committed to continuing his advocacy for men’s health and wellbeing and supporting existing work to reduce the high male suicide rate in Australia through the Stop Male Suicide project.
If you’d like to support Glen’s work to Stop Male Suicide in Australia please contact StopMaleSuicide@gmail.com.
Greg Millan is the Stop Male Suicide event co-ordinator. He is one of Australia’s leading experts on men’s health and wellbeing with over 30 years experience in the men’s health promotion area. He has developed and implemented many health programs, professional training sessions, and community events and developed resources covering a wide range of male health and wellbeing issues.
Greg is a social work trained health educator who has worked for over 35 years in Government, non-government organisations and the private sector. He is currently involved in various men’s health & wellbeing projects and is the author of “Men’s health & wellbeing: an a – z guide”.
Current areas of activity include:
- President, Men’s Health Forum NSW Inc.
- Vice President, Australian Men’s Health Forum Inc.
- Co-Chair, Ten to Men (the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health)
- Community Reference Group Member of Prostate Cancer Reference Group,
- Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society Affiliated Member,
- Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists Member,
- Social Determinants of Health Alliance Member,
- Board of Advisors, Men’s Health Network USA
- Casual Academic, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
- Completed Men Alive Men’s Health Training Course USA
Greg has been a men’s health writer for several publications over the last fifteen years and produces emale, Australia’s largest circulation free monthly men’s health and wellbeing ebulletin. Greg published “Men’s health & wellbeing: an a – z guide” in 2010. It is a first on three levels, the first a- z guide to men’s health and wellbeing; the first book written by a highly experienced men’s health promotion worker and the first comprehensive book to look at men’s health in the context of men’s lives: their physical, emotional, social, psychological, spiritual and cultural environments. The book has been highly praised around Australia in health and lifestyle journals and online.
Find out more about Greg’s work at his Men’s Health Services wesbite.