RAMHP announces NEW Ambassador – Television and Radio personality Gus Worland
RAMHP is delighted to announce Australian television and radio personality Gus Worland as a new Ambassador for the Program.
RAMHP Program Manager Tessa Caton said we know that men living outside of major cities are at greater risk of suicide than those living within major cities. Research also tells us that males are less likely to seek professional help and to use services for their mental health problems, compared to females.
“Gus’s high public profile and his genuine interest in men’s mental health and reducing stigma made him a highly sought-after Ambassador for our program. Men’s mental health is one of our key priority areas and we know rural communities will resonate with his warm, down-to-earth personality and his passion to make a real difference in mental health.
“Gus also clearly understands the disparity between the city and rural areas and is keen to help close the gap” Tessa said.
Best known for his series of television programs “An Aussie Goes” and more recently in his role as co-host of Triple M’s breakfast show, The Grill Team, Gus was also seen in his new ABC TV series Man Up, which aired in October 2016 and can be seen on iView. Man Up is an exploration of modern masculinity and men’s mental health issues – challenging masculine stereotypes, getting men better connected and breaking the silence around suicide.
“We need to continue to break down the stigma and make people aware of where they can get help and that it is OK to ask for help,” said Gus.
“It’s about ensuring that everyone has someone they can talk to about anything at any time and knowing they are not going to be judged. Having a friend or set of friends that they can talk to about absolutely anything at any time. Being able to be honest and vulnerable knowing they are safe, loved and respected.
“Programs such as RAMHP are really important as they have people on the ground who live and work in rural communities, who have local knowledge of information and appropriate services and who can relate to rural people,” he said.
RAMHP plans to grow the Ambassador Program over the coming months to increase awareness about not only RAMHP, but to reinforce the importance of getting help when it’s needed. To find out more about RAMHP’s Ambassador Program, contact RAMHP on 6363 8444.