Breaking down depression & building resilience

09 Jun, 2017

A number of community services in Mandurah will be celebrating Men’s Health Week with a free event on Tuesday June 13.

The event will feature presenter Paul McCormack who will share his experience of anxiety and depression in order to help lift the stigma around mental health issues.

To find out more about Men’s Health Week please visit:

Event Details

When: Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Where: Bendigo Bank Stadium, Dower Street, Mandurah
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
RSVP: Attendance is free. Reserve your spot by calling 6164 0600 (option 2). Refreshments supplied.

About the Presenter

Paul McCormack is a self-confessed ‘regular guy’ and Richmond Tiger’s tragic. “I’m 55 years old and have a wife of 27 years and four grown children. When I’m not working I’m cycling, swimming, or running to keep my weight down and fitness up,” he said.
A few years ago Mr McCormack’s world came crashing down. After working increasingly longer hours in their family business to ensure it stayed stable through the GFC, while juggling finances and family, the bottom fell from the business in a single day.

He described it as a “train wreck was sudden and spectacular”. Desperately trying to hold things together took a significant toll on Mr McCormack’s mental (and physical) health over the ensuing few weeks.
“I was getting a lot of chest pains and shortness of breath and really feared that this signalled something sinister. I was pretty frightened.”

A trip to the GP and subsequent referral to a psychiatrist set his train to recovery in motion. What he was experiencing was very severe anxiety and depression.

“Having endured and survived this very scary experience, which to be quite honest I thought only happened to ‘other’ people, I applied to become a Black Dog Institute Community presenter,” Mr McCormack said.

“I figured if I had such a poor understanding of men’s mental health issues, then there must be plenty more out there in the same situation.

“By sharing a little of my own experience I hopes it might help even one person seek help, and go some way to lift the stigma around mental health.”

About the services involved

4dads is a support program for Dads in Mandurah and Pinjarra with a number of services available, including a Dads Supporting Dads Group every Wednesday with a free BBQ.

4families offers a one on one support and referral service and parent focused education programs and counselling.

RUAH is a community mental health services, helping vulnerable people in the community.

Child and Parent Place Dudley Park is a centre that offers a range of services and programs for families with children from birth to eight years of age in Dudley Park and surrounding areas.

Palmerston provide services to individuals whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol.

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