A place for men to speak up when times get tough
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.