Menslink breakfast fund-raiser
Natalie Howson, Patrick McArdle and David Matthews. Photo: Lyn Mills
Menslink, under the guiding hand of chief executive Martin Fisk, with his excellent networking talents and a formidable team of volunteers, mentors and the all important sponsors, is making a difference in the lives of young men at pivotal points in their lives. We know that from the testimonials. From the mentors and volunteers, too, who give that most valuable of all gifts - time.
If you had to guess the biggest killer of men across all age groups, it would probably not be suicide. However, it is, and Fisk’s Silence is Deadly campaign recognises and faces the issues head on to change the culture, remove the stigma of mental illness and change attitudes. He and his team venture into the schools to work with students and provide a valuable link to a wide range of support systems.
Fisk quickly had the room pin-dropping silent during the opening breakfast at the National Press Club. He stood at the podium doing absolutely nothing but stand and gaze down. Silence is Deadly emphasised in a few moments and from then on we listened intently as our minds boggled at a list of disturbing statistics about the lives of so many of our young men. But there was light, reassuringly so as he introduced speakers to reflect on the Menslink programs.
The impressive cross section of the Canberra community at this event augurs well for this little charity with a big heart and impressive determination to make a difference. If you need help, or you think someone in your family or friends does, then get in touch. Because today five men will commit suicide and then tomorrow another five and then another five.