It takes a community to reduce the risk of suicide.
Marcus Mission aims to reduce the risk of suicide for men in Queensland. The initiative was established by Wesley Mission Queensland in 2018, after being approached by, and with support from, family and community who lost a young man to suicide.
To achieve a reduction in the number of young men attempting to take their life or dying by suicide, Wesley Mission Queensland and those involved in Marcus Mission offer support to build the skills, knowledge, and connections of men as well as their families, friends, and communities.
The three main initiatives of Marcus Mission:
- Volunteer MENtor networks
- Resilience building for men
- Suicide prevention training
Bundaberg man Marcus Roberts was 23 when he took his own life in 2014 while battling with depression.
In their grief, Marcus’ family was determined to change the statistics around men dying by suicide and approached Wesley Mission Queensland with their whole-of-community idea to offer support to men. Marcus Mission helps other men, with the same care and kindness that Marcus showed to others.
Trained volunteer mentors will connect with men experiencing situational distress, such as issues with relationships, work or money. They will meet face-to-face for up to two hours a week for twelve months to build connections, enhance their strengths and develop practical strategies to move forward.
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Information for service providers
Informal and genuine connections are at the essence of Marcus Mission MENtoring. Feel free to give us a call to have a chat when with the man being referred to help the man feel more at ease when being connected to Marcus Mission.
Referral form for service providers
How you can help reduce the risk of suicide
Marcus Mission is seeking motivated, community-minded people to support this initiative. Opportunities to support include:
- becoming a mentor – minimum of 12 month commitment
- participating in resilience workshops
- making a donation.
For further information please contact:
Manager – Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Wesley Mission Queensland
Phone: 0419 750 607