A place for men to speak up when times get tough

Published: 6 Feb 2018

The NSW Government is providing funding to a fly fishing program that aims to give hope to men suffering from mental health disorders.

The Fly Program is designed to help men who may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and/or suicide. Through the program’s fly fishing and wilderness experiences, men find a place to talk with others and be supported to live physically and mentally healthier lives.

Originally delivered in the Snowy Mountains, founder Matt Tripet hopes the $41,000 in government funding will help the program expand to help men across NSW.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said suicide affects men at a rate three times greater than women. Men are less likely to access mental health services.

“This program means men can seek advice or help in a less daunting way. The outdoors creates a relaxed opportunity to share their stories with other men who may be experiencing similar challenges,” Mrs Davies said.

If you or someone you know needs help, call MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78. For crisis support, phone Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au.

Find workshops, conferences and retreats on the Fly Program's website

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