Gus Worland is on a mission – enough is enough.
Media personality Gus Worland was shocked to discover six men take their own lives in Australia every day. Not prepared to sit back and watch that happen, he’s launched a project designed to deal with this serious men’s health problem head on.
Best known as a radio personality and captain of the TripleM Grill Team, Gus was devastated by the loss of a friend who took his own life. This led him to further investigate the suicide crisis facing our nation, and now plans to stem the flow of this staggering statistic.
Gus has teamed up with Gareth Pike and Mike Charter to establish Gotcha4Life which will be officially launched during Men’s Health Week from 12 June.
“We all agree Gotcha4Life is the heart of our mission,” says Gus. “There are so many important messages in this name” says Gus.
“When I really understand what someone is talking about I say ‘I gotcha’. And when the person hears those words, I can instantly see their reaction. Straight-away they feel better about the situation. They know I’ve got them! After that – we hug it out. It’s a proven fact that an embrace will actually make you feel better. It works for us.”
“I want to help my mates, my son and the men who will be in my daughter’s lives,” says Gus, “by making a difference in this terrible situation.”
The Gotcha4Life founding directors, along with an amazing Advisory Board have already created specific projects that will help save lives.
To kick off the launch, which will coincide with Men’s Mental Health week, is the opportunity to win a trip to New York. Everyone can support Gotcha4Life by entering the competition to win this amazing trip which includes return flights to New York for two people and 4 nights accommodation, plus a special surprise! www.gotcha4life.org.
“To help make all this possible, Gotcha4Life’s founding corporate supporter is Chemist’s Warehouse,” says Gus. “They are as committed to men’s health as we are and we are thrilled to be backed by such a remarkable organisation.”
Gotcha4Life will see the creation of a program to sponsor Lifeline counsellors, and will provide seed-funding to worthy start-ups in the mental health sphere.
Other projects include ‘Tomorrow’s Man’, a program which will be taken into schools to dispel unrealistic expectations of what it means to be a man in today’s world and communication projects that include raising awareness of the relationship between mental health and our DNA.
And of course, we’ll be cementing the efforts with National Man Hug Day on 16th Mar 2018.-
With its registered charity status, Gotcha4Life will be officially launched during Men’s Health Week from June 12.
Photo thanks to Daily Telegraph