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Australia's First National Telephone Counselling And Referal Service For Men
1300 78 99 78
2nd October 2001
MEDIA RELEASE
Men's LIne Australia
Families and relationship matter - Talk it over


Men's Line Australia, the first national men's telephone counselling service, was officially launched on September 26, 2001. Men's Line Australia is a 24 hour – 7 days a week telephone counselling, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is part funded by the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services as another strategy in the Department's Men and Family Relationships Initiative launched in 1997 in order to strengthen men in their family relationships and address the growing health and wellbeing concerned for men dealing with separation.

There are 50,000 legal separation is Australia annually. Of these 60%-70% are initiated by women. This initiative is a response to community concern about the high suicide rate, depression, violence and other dysfunctional responses to grief and loss experienced by men. A study of 4000 suicides by Griffith University found that 70% of adult male suicides were caused by relationship breakdowns. Research has also found that separated men have a suicide rate about 6.2 times that of married men, and about 12 times that of separated women.

Men's Line Australia aims to provide support for men experiencing difficulties in their relationships with partners, ex-partners, children and stepchildren. The service provides information about support services in their locality, practical strategies for self-care and facilitates referral to appropriate organisations and programs. It does not provide legal advice to callers. Women and other family members concerned with male relatives or friends are also encouraged to call and talk it over. Calls from anywhere in Australia are at the cost of a local call.

Men's Line Australia is operated by Personal Emergency Services (PES), a non profit community based organisation located in Melbourne. PES currently operates CareRing - Your Crisis Line and Suicide Helpline Victoria. Both paid and volunteer staff will staff the new service.

1300 78 99 78

For further information regarding Men's Line Australia, please call
Terry Melvin, Manager of Men's Line Australia on (03) 9326 8522.

©Mensline Australia. Reproduced with Permission

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