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Marcus Mission (suicide prevention - young men)


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

Marcus Mission aims to reduce the risk of suicide for young men aged 18 to 25 years. 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

Suicide prevention training for:

  • communities connecting with young men (sports clubs, universities, community groups etc.)
  • young men
  • family and friends of young men.

Skill building workshops and information sessions for:

  • young men (managing stressful life events, improving relationships)
  • families and communities (how to better support your family and / or community)
  • offering skilled mentors to connect with and support young men struggling with suicidal thoughts 
  • strengthening the capacity of communities to support young men and respond to those with suicidal thoughts or behaviours
  • developing a network of volunteers that can offer their skills and knowledge to support initiatives.

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).     

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

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, great communicator etc.
  • becoming a mentor – minimum of 12 month commitment
  • make a donation.

For further information please contact:

Glen Wallwork
Manager – Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Wesley Mission Queensland

Phone: 0419 750 607

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