Mental Health and Suicide Prevention




Why mental health?

The results of poor mental health can be deadly. Globally, a man dies every minute from suicide. Men, regardless of age group, often don't recognise when they’re experiencing a mental health issue, and may not be comfortable asking for help. The uncomfortable truth is that some stereotypical forms of masculinity are killing men.



How we're helping men be mentally healthy

We’re committed to looking at the issue of mental health through a male lens and ensuring that the programmes we fund and support are tailored towards men. We're funding initiatives that:

1. Develop successful, scalable models to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men.


2. Challenge the negative aspects of masculinity and the impact this can have on mental health.


3. Encourage men to stay connected with friends and family.



4. Bring conversations about mental health out of the health system (E.g. into sporting clubs or workplaces).


Download our full funding strategy (English only PDF)



Investing in mental health initiatives

In 2006 the Movember Foundation began funding men’s mental health programmes in Australia. New Zealand was added in 2008. In 2013 this work was expanded to include programmes in Canada, USA and the UK. In each case we conducted detailed analyses on the landscape of mental health of men and boys in that country.

We believe in global collaboration to create a positive change in attitudes towards mental health and will continue to seek new funding opportunities that benefit men’s and boys’ mental health.


Recent mental health and suicide prevention initiatives around the world

 

Like Father like Son

As part of our Australian mental health initiative we have invested AUD $2.6 million towards Like Father Like Son: Fathers Against Violence and Aggression, a three-year project aiming to improve rates of father participation in parenting programs.

Visit the website

 

NewAccess

NewAccess is a radical new trial program in Australia designed to encourage men to take action early when it comes to their mental health by accessing NewAccess coaches who are available in their local communities.

Video: A participant's experience with NewAccess

 

Farmstrong

Farmers put others first, at the risk of their own mental health. We’re tackling this head-on by providing them with information on their wellbeing and quality of life in a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and leading rural insurer FMG.

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MAN/ART/ACTION Tribute Pole

This initiative supports Canadian military veterans and their battles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans worked together to hand carve a tribute pole in memory of the 158 Canadians who lost their lives in the war in Afghanistan. This project is part of the Veterans Transition Network.

Read the report card

 

Making Connections Initiative

This pioneering program in the USA will develop and implement actionable, community-level prevention plans to improve mental health for men and boys. The work was developed based on a detailed landscape report.


View all mental health programmes (English only)




We are working with our mental health partners to ensure men and boys know how to stay mentally healthy, put this knowledge into action and lead productive and contributing lives.

- Therese Fitzpatrick, Global Mental Health Lead