Content warning: This story deals with the subject of suicide, and many be triggering for some readers.
This Monday July 1, no one will be talking on Triple M. Regular programming will be taken off air from 6am to 6pm.
In Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, the station is set to adopt a powerful stance on the suicide epidemic in Australia in support of Beyond Blue.
This year in our country, 65,000 people will attempt suicide. Eight will die every day. Six of them will be men.
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In fact suicide is the number one cause of death for Australian men aged 18-44, according to Beyond Blue.
So instead of talking on the radio, Triple M is asking us to do the talking and initiate conversations about mental health with those around us – from our family and friends to our colleagues.
“As a network that talks to a lot of Aussie men we feel as though it’s our responsibility to continue to encourage these men to be more aware of not only their own feelings but that of those around them,” the Head of Triple M, Mike Fitzpatrick, said. “To reach out if they need someone to talk to or offer an ear to their mates.”