“It was seen as a sign of weakness that you weren’t going well” -Tim Dansie, Psychologist

Mental Health is an important, yet often overlooked issue that affects many people. The statistics for male suicides are alarming to say the least, with men committing on average six out of every eight suicides in Australia. Men often ignore or struggle to open up about their problems, which is leading to major issues. So how do we address mental health issues within men? Why do they struggle to speak out when they’re struggling? To find out more, we spoke with Psychologist Tim Dansie about depression and mental well-being, and how people can take better care of themselves. Alex from batyr and Dan from headspace also spoke to us about the issue, and developing a support network.

Also on the show this week, Sex work has become a legal minefield throughout Australia, however in South Australia it looks like it could potentially be legalised by the end of the year. Tammy Greens MLC from the SA Greens dropped by the studio to have a chat about the issue, problems sex workers currently face and also her bill to decriminalise sex work / which passed the upper house of the SA Parliament back in July. So could SA be set for Sex work to be fully legalised? Listen in to find out.

If this week’s topics raise any issues for you, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Airdate: September 9, 2019

Reporters: Arjuna Ganesan, Zane Dean & David Simmons 

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