To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).
If life is in danger, call 111 or go directly to emergency services.
Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Around the world, on average we lose a man to suicide every minute of every day. Three out of four suicides are men. Too many are toughing it out and struggling alone.
We have to take action to improve mental health and reduce the rate of male suicide.
We’re working toward a world where men and boys take action to be mentally healthy and well, and are supported by their friends, family and community during tough times.
We’re working to immediately stop the increase in male suicide rates.
By 2030 we’ll reduce the rate of male suicides by 25%.
The causes of suicide are complex. There’s no single reason why men take their own lives, but we do know that by improving overall mental health we can reduce the risk of suicide. We need to address untreated mental health conditions among men.
We’re looking at mental health through a male lens, and taking action at a community level to find solutions that work for men.
How we’re going to win the fight
Helping men and boys to stay mentally healthy, build strong social connections and take action early when times are tough.
2. Conversations that matter
Working toward a world where men and boys are comfortable having conversations about the big things in life.
3. Services that work for men
We know the needs of men, and we’re working to make sure that services are designed with those needs in mind.
4. Bright minds, brought together
We’re funding the most innovative projects, and when we know something works, we share that knowledge globally.
5. Community first
Men need to be able to access support in their communities and where they’re comfortable. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
6. Advocating for all men
We’re forcing governments to understand the issues that men are facing, and we’re demanding action.
“We’re alarmed by the increasing number of men who take their own lives around the world. We are working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to reach out to others for support when they’re struggling.”
- Paul Villanti
Executive Director, Programs
We’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects in New Zealand and around the world. Here’s a snapshot of our work in mental health and suicide prevention.
We’re making strides in New Zealand with these mental health and suicide prevention projects, in collaboration with our local health partners.
Farmers put others first, at the risk of their own mental health. We’re tackling this head-on by providing them with information on their wellbeing and quality of life in a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and leading rural insurer FMG.
The Movember Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand jointly funded a programme to support the earthquake affected Christchurch community. The centre will use local projects to benefit individual men as well as communities to build community mental wellbeing for people who suffered during the earthquake.
The Movember Foundation in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has funded Hauora Tane with the aim of demonstrating how a focussed community approach can deliver sustainable, improved mental health outcomes for young Mãori men. This will provide opportunities for Mãori men and boys to nurture one or more aspects of wellbeing and reconnect with their cultural identity. An online resource has already been developed as part of the project.
We’re reaching men all over the world, promoting healthy actions and behaviour.
NewAccess is a radical new trial programme in Australia designed to encourage men to take action early when it comes to their mental health by accessing NewAccess coaches who are available in their local communities.
As part of our Australian mental health initiative we have invested AUD 2.6 million towards Like Father Like Son: Fathers Against Violence and Aggression, a three-year project aiming to improve rates of father participation in parenting programmes.
This initiative supports Canadian military veterans and their battles with post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans worked together to hand carve a tribute pole in memory of the 158 Canadians who lost their lives in the war in Afghanistan. This project is part of the Veterans Transition Network.
This pioneering programme in the USA will develop and implement actionable, community-level prevention plans to improve mental health for men and boys. The work was developed based on a detailed landscape report.