Mary Magalotti ‘Checking in On Your Mates’

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Long standing societal expectations has created a barrier for many people to talking about mental health and seeking mental health support. As a result, Australian men are at greater risk of suicide. According to the Black Dog Institute, in 2011, men accounted for over three quarters (76%) of deaths from suicide in Australia. However, an estimated 72% of males don’t seek help for mental disorders.

Our Director, Jodie Brenton and principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti, want all Australians to live a happy and healthy life. Our team work to ensure that everyone has the knowledge to help improve their mental health and support others during tough times.

What to do if you are struggling with your mental health?

  • Talk to your friends – It can be difficult opening up when you are struggling. But talking about how you feel can be an important step in seeking support and improving your mental health. It is also integral in reducing the stigma around male mental health and helps to normalise men sharing their emotions.
  • Don’t isolate yourself – Staying social and connected. This will ensure you are continuously reminded that people love and care for you and may help you to open up to your mates. It can also help you shift your mind from you worries and feelings and connect with those around you.
  • Seek professional support – while it is good to speak to your friends, professional psychologists and counsellors are trained in providing support to people with mental health issues; they have the skills and knowledge needed to get you back on the right path to mental wellbeing. If you need help right now, contact a 24-hour hotline such as Beyond Blue or Lifeline. If you would like to speak to one of our friendly psychologists at Life Resolutions, please reach out and make an appointment through this link.

Supporting a Mate

If you think a friend is struggling, you can help them stay connected and support them on their mental health journeys. It can be hard what do to or say, here are some ways you can help a mate that is struggling.

  • Ask if they are okay – it is a simple question but it is a great way to open the conversation and encourage them to open up about how they are feeling. It can also be a gateway to you expressing your concerns and your want to support them.
  • Organise catch-ups – Show them that your care for them and are there to support them by keeping regular contact, catching up when possible and encouraging them to share their feelings. Doing things that you and your mate enjoy can be a great escape from their worries.
  • Normalise talking about your mental health – To help your friend feel comfortable about opening up, you can share some of your own experienced with mental health. Creating space for open dialogue and sharing is essential in combatting the negative stigma against male mental health.
  • Encourage them to seek help – if you think your mate requires professional support, encourage them to seek it. Offering recommendations of services or sharing personal experiences with mental health may be a good form of encouragement.
  • Ensure you care for your own mental health – caring for a friend with mental illness is often extremely stressful, so it is important to check in with yourself to ensure your mental health is not being compromised, and if you need support in helping your mates, don’t be afraid to seek it out, you are not alone in this.

Contact Life Resolutions Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton Today

The Life Resolutions team are dedicated to providing quality support to Australians during this difficult time. Our CEO, Jodie Brenton and principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti, understand that social isolation is contributing to an increase in mental health issues and are committed to providing the services to help anyone in need of support.

If you would like to hear more about the journey of Life Resolutions or speak to Mary Magalotti or Jodie Brenton, feel free to contact us HERE, or head to the Life Resolutions website to discover more about the work of Life Resolutions Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti.

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