Man up – and break the man rules

The stereotypical Australian male is strong, sporty and tough as nails. He laughs in the face of fear. And when life gets him down, he drinks a cup of concrete and hardens the ….. up. Or so the saying goes. But when we tear away these long-held notions of what it means to be a man, how is the average Aussie bloke actually faring?

Not so well, according to research which shows that Aussie men are lonelier and more disconnected than ever. Common mental health problems like depression and anxiety go untreated. And suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15-44 years. So why are men killing themselves? And why isn’t anyone talking about it?

Man Up is a three-part documentary series and social awareness campaign, hosted by Triple M radio personality Gus Worland, which aims to get to the bottom of the male suicide crisis, effect real social change and hopefully even save lives. View Man Up episodes on ABC iview and the man.up site below.

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