October is Talktober

The Male Hug, a dedicated men’s mental health organisation has today officially launched its takeover of the month of October with an initiative aimed at getting the men of Australia talking. Welcome to Talktober.

Understanding the positive benefits of men talking as a preventative measure to mental health deterioration, The Male Hug will be encouraging men to talk to a family member, a friend or one of our Let’s Chat Buddy volunteers about their problems throughout the month of October. 

CEO and Founder Tony Rabah believes Talktober is just the thing that the professional world needs at the moment.  “So many professional men are doing it so tough at the moment with the Pandemic hitting the business world hard. Many have lost their jobs, closed their doors or are just struggling through on a day to day basis and unsure of where the next customer is coming from.  This is the time that men need to speak out.  Don’t hold your feelings or emotions back, because the damage that can be done from that could be immense. If someone out there needs someone to talk to, The Male Hug can help with our Let’s Chat Buddy Program”

Men from all walks in life in Australia will be involved, from well-known celebrities to someone you may know who lives on your street. A host of Australia’s sporting, entertainment and business community have thrown their support behind the Talktober Campaign with music legends Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson, sporting legends Matthew Richardson, Alan Davison and Doug Hawkins joining media personalities Sam Newman, Tom Elliott and George Kapinaris as just a few of the big names to commit to talking to a buddy every day for the month of Talktober.

“The support from right around Australia towards the campaign has been amazing.  People from all walks of life understand the value of talking, but for some reason men are conditioned to just Suck it Up and show a toughness that covers the cracks. It’s time for this to stop.  As men we think about the fact that we might do something to help ourselves but we don’t often act.  At The Male Hug we say Don’t think about, Talk about it’.”

Men are being encouraged to register during the month of September at www.themalehug.com.au to take the Talktober challenge and call a buddy every day for the month of Talktober. Partners and Supporters are being asked to also head to the website to support someone talking the challenge and those messages will then be passed on.