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Published August 3rd 2017
Meet Mental Health's new best mate
The logo for Mr Perfect. Photo thanks to the Mr Perfect website
If you haven't yet heard of Mr Perfect; they are a grassroots support community and charity based in Sydney with a vision to change the way we all see and handle men's mental health battles. With a strong base of over 500 members, the organisation aims to create more ways for men to seek support and speak up about their own troubles in relaxed and comfortable settings.
Mr Perfect was created by Sydney-based resident, Terry Cornick in 2014. When Terry was struggling with his own mental health battles, he had noticed a lack of support and connective services (for men specifically) when it comes to getting treatment for an illness that affects so many people worldwide. Unfortunately, there always seems to be the quick reaction to just prescribe someone medication when showing MH symptoms and to deny other forms of treatment - and so Mr Perfect was born. The organisation aims to give men an effective, free and (non-clinical) support that they can utilize within their own limits.
Meet Terry Cornick - the creator of Mr Perfect
A statement found on the Mr Perfect website claims that "Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 14 - 44 years old", and I think that's why the name Mr Perfect was chosen. We all have pressure in society to perform the great juggling act of life, but I can comprehend that men would feel these pressures so much more with the stereotype to be the 'macho' guy who doesn't have any troubles; i.e. Mr Perfect. Through the charity's services both online and in-person, they are becoming Mental Health's new best mate. By the facilitation of conversation and connection amongst communities of men, I think Australian men can see a new light in the treatment for MH issues.
So how does Mr Perfect help?
Photo thanks to Mr Perfect website
Mr Perfect runs its charity through both online services with their website, blog & forums (soon to come) and face-to-face with monthly meet-ups in various locations across Sydney. The meet-ups are completely non-clinical and for everyone to attend; so you can bring along all the men, women & four-legged creatures that you wish! The events are FREE for all to attend and a complimentary BBQ and beverages are on offer at the meetings also. Terry's mission with the meetings is to give men a comfortable space to open up about what they're going through. By providing an inclusive, open and non-judgmental approach, he hopes the arrangements will do more men good and possibly one day go further than just Sydney.
Photo thanks to Mr Perfect website
How can you attend?
As mentioned above, Mr Perfect hosts 'meetups' in various locations across Sydney with new locations starting up this year in 2017. The locations are as followed;
Inner West - first meeting will be the 13th August, 2017 Blackwattle Bay Park at 53 Leichardt Street, Glebe
Central Prince Alfred Park on Chalmers Street, Surry Hills
Eastern Suburbs - starting in September 2017 Campbell Parade on Bondi Beach
Northern Beaches - starting in September 2017 Manly Lagoon Reserve on Pittwater Road, Manly
If you would like to be involved in one of these meetups please feel free to register on their website or you can email Terry to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org. The barbeques are healthy and there is a vegetarian option also. Remember to take with you an open mind and outlook on what the meetings can give you - I promise you that talking about it really does do wonders.