You Got This Mate - website to support the mental health and wellbeing of rural men

On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women and rural men are also much less likely to use psychological services for their mental health problems. With this knowledge and to help address the issue, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health’s Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) consulted with rural men to develop a new website dedicated to rural men to help them reach their best possible mental health. The website is called You Got This Mate and was launched in April 2020. Identifying rural men as a priority group, RAMHP believe that improving men’s mental health needs goes well beyond getting men to talk - they need simple, actionable advice to keep themselves well and to know how to get help when they need it. You Got This Mate provides men with practical tips and information about how and when to take action when it comes to their mental health. The website is visual, simple and easy to navigate, aiming to meet the needs of the male target audience and to allow RAMHP to more effectively engage with rural men. In developing the website, an advisory group of rural men was established, and extensive research conducted, including interviews with leading experts, to better understand the needs of men. You Got This Mate showcases videos of men sharing their stories about their own journey and struggles with mental health and what they do now to keep well. It connects men to the best possible care in their local area and hosts a range of specific men’s mental health resources. It also includes a self-help quiz which helps men track how they’re feeling and provides simple steps to take if they need additional advice or support. Watch this video to learn more about You Got This Mate:

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