Although we're passionate about instigating change across a range of areas that contribute to a world that is fair, sustainable, and well, men's mental health is a particular area of passion.
Australian men suicide each and every single day.
We can change this.
There are a range of barriers that stop men from taking action for their mental health. Our campaigns and initiatives help to break these barriers down by giving men the resources, skills and language they need in order action for their mental health.
But men can be a hard nut to crack, so we spend most of our time dissecting and analysing demographics to ensure our campaigns deeply resonate.
In short our projects aim to make it an easier option for men to take action than to suicide .
If you or someone else is in need of mental health support services, we've compiled a list of resources from around the world.
Regardless of the project or campaign, there are some core principles which underpin every campaign we create:
Everything we do must result in measurable behavioural change. After all, if you can't measure if you're having impact, then what's the point?
You know the old addage: Prevention is better than a cure. All our projects are aimed at solution design rather than problem fixing.
Different demographics and sub-demographics require different approaches. To create effective change, subtlety must be considered.
Our projects result in people taking action. We're not content with people being aware, yet idle. We want to create a world of advocates.
Don't think of a pink elephant. Language is powerful, and deep consideration of it and its use is paramount.
Humans are social creatures that are shaped by the communities around them. Leveraging groups is more powerful than leveraging individuals.
Mental Health Never Gets Old
Men aged 80+ suicide at a rate higher than any other age group in Australia, and 100,000 Australians are committed to changing that.
#OLDMATE encourages the public to sign the online pledge to spend at least one hour per month with an "Old Mate" in their life, with the aim of creating over 1.2 million volunteer hours over the next year to improve mental health.
Key contributing factors to poor mental health in the elderly are living with illness, isolation, and loss of independence, yet as a community, we can all help increase connection, skilling and the mental wellbeing of our elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.
7 Aussie Comedians. 7 Aussie musicians. 7 songs about mental health.
THIS IS A CONVERSATION STARTER is a project that pairs comedians with musicians to write and record songs about mental health. A video of each collaboration will be launched online each day of Mental Health Week 2018.
The songs might be hilarious, poignant, gripping, awkward or something else altogether - but all use storytelling to expand the conversation and language around mental health.
Building Connections Between LGBTIQ+ and Religious Communities
Congregate is a crowd-sourced platform that allows the community to “up-vote” religious organisations, churches, mosques and other religious centres on how LGBTIQ+ friendly they are.
There is a persistent assumption that LGBT+ and religious communities are at odds with each other. While this can be true, Congregate aims to celebrate the increasingly positive nexus of the two.
It provides a potentially life-saving source of information - especially for young LGBT+ teens who are straddling coming out, their faith and their families.
The World's Largest Real-Time, Mental Health Survey
Last October, 10,144 people from 104 countries logged how they were feeling over seven days, creating the largest open-source database of emotions with over 56,992 submissions.
The data collected by the free app allows an individual, organisation or government to create more effective mental health initiatives. With over 800,000 people suiciding around the world each year, more effective projects are desperately needed.
The project acted as a conversation starter about mental health, a personal health tracker, and a global source of invaluable data.
How is the World Feeling? is built on the foundations of SPUR:PROJECTS' 2014 project: How is Australia Feeling? campaign, and will return in 2019.
Harnessing the Connectedness of Rural & Remote Areas
Suicide is a critical issue for those in regional and remote areas with significantly higher statistics than metropolitan areas.
The Blue Letterbox is a “pop-up” event where those in rural and remote towns collectively paint their letterboxes blue as a symbolic declaration. This declaration is a commitment of two things:
1) Commitment to taking action and reaching out to their community for support when they go through tough times.
2) Commitment to “be there” and support others in their community who are going through a tough time.
Let's Celebrate the Mistakes We Make
On a set date at a set time, people gather in a range of venues across the world to have a drink and a chat. It's a pretty standard night out. Well, almost.
There are two rules to a F.U.N.:
1) You must meet at least one new person.
2) You must share at least one "fuck up" you've made.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the fuck up is. Let's face it: We live in a competitive society where weaknesses, mistakes or “fuck ups” are covered up, glossed over or ignored, rather than enjoyed for the glorious learning opportunity that they should be. F.U.N. changes that.
You think that talking about how you’re feeling is challenging?
Try not talking at all
Get Silent. Get Heard. throws down the challenge to go silent for 24, 48 or 72 hours - all to raise awareness and funds for men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
Too many young blokes reach a point in their life where they think that taking their own life is a better option than talking about how they’re feeling. So, the project is designed to demonstrate that although starting a conversation might not be the easiest thing to do, staying silent is a lot harder.
Australia. We Need to Talk.
We live in a country where boys and men are taught to bottle up the thoughts and feelings we have. At its core, "sucking it up and just getting on with life" is built on the idea of resilience - which is a positive thing. The problem is that ignoring problems doesn't actually build resilience.
Soften the Fck Up aims to challenge masculinity constructs that limit the willingness and openness of men to talk about how they're feeling.
We don't need to redefine masculinity. We need to undefine it.