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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

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)
  • 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).     

You can also read 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

Marcus Roberts was the kind of young man with a world of possibilities before him. This year, Marcus would have been 27 years old. Instead, in 2014, Marcus lost his battle with depression and took his own life.

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

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For further information please contact:

Glen Wallwork
Manager – Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Wesley Mission Queensland

Phone: 0419 750 607

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