We recognise the unique mental health needs of the men of La Trobe University at Student Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion.
Mental health is an important issue for everyone, regardless of where they live. However, for men living in rural areas, it can be particularly challenging. Access to mental health services can be limited, and guys can experience increased stigma attached to seeking support.
For many men, there are often beliefs we inherit about being independent, strong and sorting things out for ourselves. However, these beliefs can sometimes prevent us from seeking the help we need. It’s important to remember that no one needs to suffer in silence.
The good news is that more rural men are seeking out support for themselves, their family and their friends. There are some brilliant resources and sources of support out there and ways you can help a mate too.
Some great community supports:
- You Got This Mate is a website specifically designed for the mental health needs of regional and remote communities.
- Are you Bogged Mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush.
- Rural and Remote Mental Health Information about a range of rural and remote programs for rural men, indigenous and FIFO workers.
Counselling Support tailored specifically for the Men of La Trobe
La Trobe University’s Men’s Health & Wellbeing service is designed to provide dedicated counselling, information, and opportunities for connection for the men of La Trobe.
There is support for guys interested in looking after their mental health, discussing men’s related issues or for guys that have a preference to see a male counsellor. Your men’s wellbeing counsellor understands the issues men living in rural areas face. Counselling is relaxed, confidential and tailored specifically for you and what you want to achieve.
Make an Appointment
Men’s wellbeing counselling is available in person (Melbourne campus) or via Zoom (all campuses).
If you are in need of more immediate or crisis support use our La Trobe University Crisis Line for Out-of-Hours Mental Health and Wellbeing Support. Phone 1300 146 307 or text 0488 884 100. This service operates 5 pm – 9 am on weekdays and 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.