Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science

    Improving mental health and wellbeing for Western Australians

    2/01/2019 9:00 AM
    • Sports presenters unite in a new mental health campaign targeting men
    • Think Mental Health focus on males aged 25-54
    • Blokes urged to check in on a mate 

    If rival sport presenters Adrian Barich and Tim Gossage can take time out to check in on each other - so can you! The media personalities have teamed up to help improve men's mental health.  


    A new burst of the State-wide Think Mental Health campaign runs from the start of January to February 23 to spread the important mental health message of 'check in on a mate' and 'talking and listening is powerful.'


    The campaign targets men aged 25-54 living in Western Australia and their family and friends with the messages to check in on a mate or someone you care about if they are not going so well, talking and listening are powerful and that mental health issues can affect anyone.


    The 2018 evaluation of the long running campaign has shown the program has delivered impressive results, with 45 per cent of all males aged 25-54 who saw the campaign taking action to improve their mental health and wellbeing.


    Men currently account for three out of four deaths by suicide. The campaign results show males who saw the campaign were significantly more likely to have spoken about their mental health needs with a family member, friend or professional than those who had not.


    Look out for the campaign online, on television and radio, or visit http://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au for more information.


    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "The McGowan Government wants to see more people leading well-rounded lives, both mentally and physically, to give and get the best out of life.


    "As we move into 2019, we want to see more Western Australians look after their mental health and wellbeing and those of others.


    "The Think Mental Health campaign not only encourages us to look at our own mental health, but the mental health of those around us too."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500