How A Radio Presenter Is Trading Laughs For Men’s Health
If you are a regular follower of Cazinc Blog, you will know that the health of everyone, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, is our number one priority.
Over the past couple of years, we have worked with Steve from Mananchor, who are doing all they can with their #letstalk campaign to show men it is ok to “chat” with a mate.
We have all been working together to promote much greater communication. Communication is our #1 thing to cultivate for amazing relationships, especially with “wiping the slate clean”, knowing you have cared for yourself and others.
By just asking “How Are You?” can start a conversation that could result in someone changing their mind away from suicidal thoughts.
“Men are trying to live up to a stereotype that you have to be big, strong and stoic — the ‘she’ll be right mate, we’ll have a couple of beers’ mentality. Everyone needs to have someone safe to talk to whether it be a dad, brother, friend or coach.”
– Gus Worland
Gus and his brother Steve are advocates for men’s health. They have released an Australian joke book titled “Bloke-A-Saurus”, to raise awareness that this is a pressing concern. The book is full of the best and the worst Dad Jokes, designed to make loved ones, and primarily any children in the vicinity, groan in horror. A great way to embarrass your children, especially in front of their friends with your terrible sense of humour, which is a huge perk of being a dad.
“Through laughter and a tipping of the hat to the important things in life, The Bloke-a-Saurus also presents the wisdom of the ages with advice from the masters that helps grow boys into men, and stories that remind us that while we're all laughing, some blokes are doing it tougher than others.”
- Gus Worland
I was touched listening to Gus on the radio. Mick and Jane from Triple M asked Gus why he has become an advocate for men’s health and he told the story of how he lost a mate to suicide. This friend had three children who are all doing well in life and their careers. Gus said he feels so sad that his mate is missing out on all of this and often looks up to the sky and asks him “Why didn’t you speak up, why didn’t you call me?” He is devastated to know that possibly this suicide could have been stopped with a conversation.
Gus is also extending his determination to reduce male suicide with a podcast series, which explores what it means to be a man, covering many issues faced by men with their careers, relationship, social media, sex and health.
The “Bloke-A-Saurus” book can be purchased through your local bookstore or online.
Royalties for the book will be donated to Gotcha 4 Life Foundation to help fund the training of male crisis counsellors.
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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.