Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



26 May 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Blokes’ Book launch

An updated Blokes’ Book has been launched today providing a directory of services, contacts, support groups and current information for men.

This resource was developed by Men’s Resources Tasmania, a community-based, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation which supports and promotes the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

It contributes a male voice to community conversations and public sector policy, particularly around social, health and wellbeing issues relevant to men, and particularly at this time as we address the challenges of COVID-19.

The book aims to provide support and guidance for Tasmanian men and boys who need it, especially at times of emotional distress.

The health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians is a key focus for the Tasmanian Government, which is why we have introduced a number of measures to help support Tasmanians during COVID-19.

This includes:

  • the establishment of the dedicated A Tasmanian Lifeline - 1800 98 44 34 phone number, to allow the community to call and receive psychosocial support, and provide a reach-out service for older Tasmanians and industries significantly impacted;
  • increased capacity to provide mental health and wellbeing advice, support and referral for vulnerable Tasmanians living in rural areas, targeted support for our migrant community and those in supported accommodation; and
  • funding support for community mental health and alcohol and drug services.

Further support is available if you feel like you or a loved one are not coping, including:

  • Rural Alive and Well (1300 4357 6283)
  • Beyond Blue (1300 22 46 36)
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (24/7) - 1800 811 994
  • Family Drug Support - for those seeking help for a loved one (24/7) – 1300 368 186

For more immediate support for people experiencing significant mental health problems, our Mental Health Services Helpline is available 24/7 on 1800 332 388, and in an emergency call triple zero.

To access a copy of the Blokes’ Book visit www.mrtasmania.org



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