Well, I’m back! Due to an unexpected change in events, I haven’t had a chance to get back to you guys until now. This blog was initially designed to capture my weight loss and wellness journey yes, however as per my first post, over time I had full intentions of introducing an element structured around men’s mental health and how we as men deal with our struggles in society on a daily basis. This is something I have always been passionate about and how fitness and wellness plays a big part in our mental health. However, after a relevant and serious series of events that have just turned my life upside down, I would like to introduce another element to this blog moving forward…
Youth-based bullying, self-harm and suicide. These are three topics that are so interlinked together and impact so many families and individuals around the world, so why is it left so unspoken about? Well here, alongside with my fitness and wellness journey these serious topics and issues will be highlighted and discussed from my point of view. I am now prepared to share my story in hope to inspire others like myself to have a voice.
Recently, on the 06/03/2018 I received a phone call advising me that my 12-year-old brother had just been admitted to our local hospital’s emergency department via ambulance and with great distress from family, I was told I needed to be there. Upon arrival, the heartbreaking news hit that Brian, my 12-year-old brother had turned to self-harm with the intention to cause extensive and serious injury to himself.
Bullying, something that we all know about but like most things it seems to have been pushed to the wayside and seems to be something that most feel like they need to accept as a part of daily life. Well, with mixed emotions and being pushed to my wit’s end, alongside with the support and consent from my brother, I posted this image attached to a Facebook post in hope to create some much-needed awareness of the severity of this issue. I was to the point where I was basically prepared to beg for help for our family as I believe we are one of many who received little to no support from both our public school system and public health system. With this in mind and much to my honest surprise, within hours we went global. Now a little over a week later we have reached 87.8K shares to date and a serious media storm that has followed. You can find the post yourself here: https://www.facebook.com/murray.birchall/posts/1982564461772483
With a plethora of messages of support and requests for help from around the world, the message was and has become very clear to me. Youth-based bullying, self-harm and suicide are three things that affect far too many families and individuals and is costing us far too many lives. So why are we not doing anything to change this? How many more times are we going to turn a blind eye to this issue? Well, I like so many others believe now is the time. So strap yourself in because from here, this is where our story begins.
“From discussions comes awareness and from awareness comes change“. Please join in with making our voice louder and creating awareness on our new Facebook group ‘Fight The Good Fight Against Bullying’. Click on the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FightTheFightAgainstBullying/
If you or anyone you know needs help or support please contact:
- Lifeline: 13 11 44 | www.lifeline.org.au
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 | www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 | www.mensline.org.au
- Beyondblue: 1300 224 636 | www.beyondblue.org.au
- Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800 | www.kidshelpline.com.au
- Headspace: 1800 650 890 | www.headspace.org.au