Former Wallaby James Horwill Fronts New Suicide Prevention Campaign #ManOfMoreWords | Men's Health Magazine Australia

Former Wallaby James Horwill Fronts New Suicide Prevention Campaign #ManOfMoreWords

When the half-time siren sounds during the opening match of the Rugby World Cup, there will be another grim statistic. Every minute, somewhere around the world, someone will take their own life. And as a new mental health campaign, featuring former Australian captain James Horwill, points out, 40 men will take their own life during the first half.  

But that needs to change. Rugby stars around the globe have teamed up with Movember and World Suicide Prevention Day to encourage all of us to be “a man of more words.”

“During every match of the World Cup, 80 men around the world will take their own lives,” Horwill starts. 

“80 minutes, 80 men,” Englishman Dylan Hartley adds. 

“40 men will kill themselves in the first half,” Shayne Byrne continues. 

After revealing the sad statistics, Kiwi great Sean Fitzpatrick explains that a major reason for this is that men aren’t always open to talking about the tough stuff. 

“So this half time, don’t open social media,” the stars of the footage encourage viewers. “Don’t go to the bar on your own. Talk to your mate for the full 15 minutes. This half time, be a man of more words.” 

You can see the full clip below. 

If depression is affecting your life or you need someone to talk to, please do not suffer in silence. Support is available here.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyondblue: 1300 224 636

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