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‘If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to support young men at risk of suicide.' 

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 18-44 years. Marcus Mission aims to reduce the risk of suicide for young men in this age group. The initiative was established by Wesley Mission Queensland in 2018, after being approached by, and with support from, a 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 young men as well as their families, friends, and communities. 

Key activities of Marcus Mission

Resilience building 

Workshops and support are provided to you men to help them build resilience, optimism, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and practical skills so they can make improvements in their lives and support others to do the same.

Upcoming resilience workshops

Gold Coast - (4.45pm - 7pm) 

12 June - book now
10 July - book now 

Bundaberg - (4:30 - 7pm)

28 May - book now

25 June - book now

30 July - book now

27 August - book now

Volunteer mentoring

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.

Suicide prevention workshops

Suicide prevention workshops are provided to community members, workplaces, groups, and individuals to recognise, support, take action and care for those at risk of suicide. Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Training was first developed in 1995 and is updated regularly through a reference group of experts in the field, and endorsed by peak bodies active in Australian suicide prevention. More than 1000 people in South East Queensland have already received training through this service.

Support via Marcus Mission is currently being offered to communities from the Gold Coast to Bundaberg and inland surrounding areas (subject to resources and community need).     

Upcoming suicide prevention workshops

  • Wednesday 8 May, 9am - 4pm - Geebung.  $120 - subsidised by Marcus Mission -book now
  • Tuesday 14 May 2019 - Robina. Free – funded by Marcus Mission - book now
  • Tuesday 28 May, 2:00pm - 6:30pm - Bundaberg. FREE - funded by Marcus Mission - book now
  • Friday 31 May, 9:30am - 2:00pm - Kingaroy. FREE - funded by DDWMPHN - book now
  • Friday 14 June, 9:30am - 2:00pm - Gatton. FREE - funded by DDWMPHN - book now

You can also read the full or short version of our literature review on evidence-based research that underpins the work of Marcus Mission.

If your community would like support from Marcus Mission, please contact Glen Wallwork on 0419 750 607.

Remembering Marcus

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 young men dying by suicide and approached Wesley Mission Queensland with their whole-of-community idea to offer support to young men. Now, Marcus Mission hopes to help other young men like Marcus, with the same care and kindness that Marcus showed to others.

Learn more about the people and story behind 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:

  • arranging a workshop for your local community
  • offering to support initiatives (you may have skills or knowledge such as facilitating activities, sports or musical talents, marketing, event management, communications, etc.
  • becoming a mentor – minimum of 12 month commitment
  • making a donation.

Donate today

For further information please contact:

Glen Wallwork
Manager – Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Wesley Mission Queensland

Phone: 0419 750 607
Email: g.wallwork@wmq.org.au

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