‘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.
The three main initiatives of Marcus Mission:
- Volunteer MENtor networks
- Resilience building for young 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 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
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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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.
For further information please contact:
Manager – Suicide Prevention Initiatives
Wesley Mission Queensland
Phone: 0419 750 607