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 man to suicide.
To achieve a reduction in the number of 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 - see our list of upcoming workshops on our Eventbrite page
- 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.
Through our volunteer MENtor networks, trained volunteer mentors 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.
Our volunteer mentors are everyday blokes who want to make a difference in the lives of other. Some of our mentors have life experiences such as relationship challenges, periods of health or financial stress, mental health concerns or suicidal experiences, but are now in a good place to give back and support other men.
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.
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
- participating in resilience workshops
- making a donation.
Contact us for further information
If you want to find out more, call Glen Wallwork, Program Coordinator - Marcus Mission at Wesley Mission Queensland.
Phone: 0419 750 607
or fill in the form below and one of our team members will be in contact.
Please note, Marcus Mission is not a crisis response service. If you need immediate phone support please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Men's Line on 1800 041 612.