Triple M’s No Talk Day will return on Wednesday July 1, 2020 to raise awareness of men’s mental health, with partners Beyond Blue.
The inaugural No Talk Day was held in 2019 across four metro markets and this year rolls out across 43 Triple M stations around Australia.
From 6:00am – 6:00pm on July 1, Triple M is filling the airwaves with inspirational stories from people who have admirably found their way back from significant mental health challenges and how they did it.
There will be no radio shows, no ads, no news, no traffic reports and no announcers on air.
No Talk Day is designed to use the space where there is normally talk to encourage people to start their own conversations about mental health, to talk to their mates, family or colleagues; to ask how they’re travelling, and work on reducing rates of suicide in Australia.
For many people talking is not easy, so Triple M will share helpful tips for those who may not be ready to talk yet; things like staying active, minimising alcohol intake and efforts to reduce stress.
As well as highlighting the need to talk, Triple M have created an online resource, working with Beyond Blue, with tools and tips on starting that difficult conversation. The resource will be shared online and across Triple M’s social media accounts.
According to Beyond Blue, this year alone 65,000 people will attempt suicide in Australia. Eight die every day from suicide and six of those deaths are men. Men are statistically less likely to seek help because of stoic beliefs and values or a sense that “I should be able to deal with this myself”.
Triple M Head, Mike Fitzpatrick says, “We’re encouraging Aussie men and women to look after their mental health, and on July 1 we will stop talking to encourage you to start your own conversation.
“We know that men in particular find it hard to talk about their feelings. As a network that talks to a lot of Aussie men we feel it’s our responsibility to continue to encourage these men to be more aware of not only their own feelings but those of the people around them.
“It’s been a challenging time for everyone. From dealing with bushfires to drought and more recently the issues that COVID-19 has created, there’s never been a more important time to check in on family and mates. “We are lucky to be able to partner with an organisation like Beyond Blue to help empower our community and continue to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.”