Every day in Australia, nearly six men commit suicide.
While mental health affects people of all genders, ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds, statistics show that men are less likely to seek help, a fact that Indigenous surfer and artist, Otis Carey, is all too familiar with. In the new video series for mental health awareness, The Common Thread, Carey opens up about how he dealt with depression.
‘I put in the work to make sure when I do feel those things again, I’m not scared to talk about it with people,’ he says in the film, citing his relationship breakdown and his highly publicised defamation case against Surfing Life as a particularly dark time for him. ‘As soon as you start talking, you instantly feel better. Even if it’s embarrassing to talk about, you’re always going to come out the other side feeling better. It’s ok to feel shit, we all feel shit. Just talk about it.’
Hit play on the eternally inspiring Otis above, and if you or anyone you know is experiencing mental health issues, you can get help by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, heading to Beyond Blue, or reaching out to your local GP.