Posting a Padlock on your Facebook Does not Increase Awareness of Depression in Men……Blogging about it does.

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I hate mindlessly sent mass forwarded spam Facebook Messages. In fact I have blogged about it a few times….here is some of them:


I Have Been Inundated With FaceBook Messages Asking To Pray for Quaragosh in Iraq: Please Make The Messages Stop!

Facebook HAS NOT Changed Their Friendship Algorithim: You Don’t Need To Copy and Paste THAT Statement.

Dear Facebook People: STOP BLINDLY FORWARDING WARNING MESSAGES. No Seriously You Are In The Naughty Corner.

And so this blog to some extent adds to the above list….

I received the following message this afternoon and it would be probably about the 50th time I have received the message:

Hey Mate,
would you join me in trying to raise awareness for depression in men
Let’s unlock
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Can. You please put a
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Hold your finger on this message and hit forward

And every time I have received that message, I send a message back asking how does this increase awareness of depression in men?

And I think only once has anyone bothered to answer me….

So let’s talk about depression in men…..Because at least if I blog about it and discuss it….that seems a much more worthwhile thing to do than blindly forwarding on a dumb message about a padlock.

Here are some stats and information on Depression in Men (sourced through some Google searches):-

  • Around 1.5 million Australian men aged 18 years and over (17 per cent) had a self-reported mental or behavioural condition in 2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
  • Dr. Paul Jelfs, ABS General Manager of Population and Social Statistics, said that the most common mental or behavioural conditions for Australian men were anxiety-related conditions and depression, with the same proportion of men reporting either of these conditions (both 10 per cent).
    “It’s important to get more men talking about how they’re feeling, with suicide being the leading cause of death for men aged 15 to 44 years in 2015,” said Dr Jelfs.
    “As physical health, financial and family stressors can all impact men’s mental health, it is important to stay in contact with people who are going through a stressful time.”
  • In 2014, 60 per cent of men experienced personal stressors that had affected them, their family, or a close friend. Around 21 per cent of men had experienced a serious illness, 19 per cent reported a death of a family member or close friend, 17 per cent were unable to get a job, and 11 per cent experienced a divorce or separation.
  • In general, men tend to put off getting any kind of help because they think they’re supposed to be tough, self-reliant, able to manage pain and take charge of situations.
  • On average, 1 in 8 men will have depression and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.
  • Men are less likely to seek help than women, with only 1 in 4 men who experience anxiety or depression accessing treatment.
  • Depression is a high risk factor for suicide and, in Australia, there are approximately 3,000 suicides each year. 75 per cent are by men – with an average of 6 men taking their lives every single day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 54, significantly exceeding the national road toll.
  • Men were more than twice as likely as women to have substance abuse disorders (7% compared with 3.3%), with alcohol use disorders more common than drug use disorders.

I think the big thing for me in the above is the fourth point that men put off getting help because are meant to be tough and so the idea that we could be struggling with mental health is something us Aussie Men don’t want to admit. So I would encourage you, if you are struggling with depression, some wrong thinking or even suicidal thoughts….its not ‘weak’ to get help….It takes great courage to admit you aren’t coping. So reach out to someone. And if you don’t even know where to start… is my mobile (0407) 288 404.


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3 replies

  1. well said or written Peter and i agree with what you said about men thinking they are tough i once said to a young man though who said he to tough to have depression and i said tonka tough and he replied yes i said that even tonka trucks need to be brought inside out of the elements and given care or they will rust

  2. As someone who has experienced depression, anxiety & burnout I am so thankful to my God,my family, my GP and a handful of close friends in ministry who assisted in my recovery as I reached out to them
    To anyone out there struggling with continual sadness in your soul can I urge you to please speak up There are wonderful people ready to assist you in returning to full health
    Thanks for posting this article Pete

  3. Exercise and laughter help me deal with depression. I get a laugh from watching Keeping up Appearances Fawlty Towers and Yes Minister. We need to be good listeners. I am amazed how when I go to the local library I am able to strike up interesting conversations with people. I have learnt a lot from interesting people. Sometimes when walking the dog I run into this older gentleman living on his own in his 80s on his way to the shops. I spend some time chatting to him. He seems to appreciate it. Bonhoeffer said if we are unable to listen to our brother we won’t listen to God. One neighbor I have I spent sometime chatting with him over coffee after his wife has gone to bingo. Sometimes he has a potty mouth but I still learnt a lot from him and share some things with him. He is very good with his hands.
    Women seem to be able to develop a larger network than men. If I go to Coles with Helen it is a struggle to get inside because all these people young and old stop to chat and hug her. I just want to get in and out. I joke sometimes that I hope I die before her as I will have lots of people at my funeral (her friends). All the taxi drivers know her in Beenleigh.

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