Most of my life I’ve had a secret interest in men’s issues. Secret for a lot of reasons but primarily I’m not sure too many people (men especially) realise there is such a thing. I’ve tried many time to have conversations with my mates about life, what’s going on in theirs and how they feel about it but, surprise-surprise, men don’t particularly like being asked about their masculinity, especially at the pub after a few beers. So I turned to the INTERNET and just in time it turns out too.
In about January this year I gave re-birth to Popmedium. I was inspired after finding Mark Pollards blog and realising that, yes, there are some great men out there talking about life and no, that doesn’t make them wussy. There is this poisonous idea amongst men that you’re just supposed to deal with everything privately. That you’re somehow less of a man if you burden anyone else with your problems. Well, it tunes out that in Australia, young men commit suicide at more than three times the rate of women of the same age. Further, mental illness and drug and alcohol dependency is severely affecting men aged 16-24.
In about June this year The Inspire Foundation launched a campaign called #Manweek designed to raise awareness of these issues. A number of Australian bloggers supported this campaign, sharing their thoughts, challenges and experiences with their readers. I was absolutely inspired by some of the stories that were being told and by the community that formed and helped share them.
Gavin Heaton and Mark Pollard were at the centre of the conversations and decided to collate all of these stories and make them in to a book. Something that I wrote made it in to the collection and I feel privileged to be a part of something so powerful.
All of the profits from the sale of The Perfect Gift For A Man are being donated to The Inspire Foundation.