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Men suicide every single day in Australia

We can change this


About

Too many Australian men suicide, and bold new approaches to suicide prevention are required.

Spur Projects produces a wide range of innovative mental health projects that give men the resources, skills and language they need in order action for their mental health.



We exist to make it an easier option for
men to take positive action than to suicide.




That are a range of barriers that stop men from taking action for their mental health and our campaigns and initiatives help to break these barriers down.

With 20% of Australians experiencing poor mental health in any given 12 month period2, it’s an issue that affects us all.

1 Causes of Death ABS, 2012
2 "Creating a mentally healthy workplace", PWC 2014

Our Approach





Prevention

We give men the resources to take control of their mental health before the tough-times come.




Language

We have simple, accessible, non-clinical, action-oriented conversations about mental health.




Subversive

We engage people without them even realising it's for their mental health.






Embedded Action

All projects involve active participation, rather than passive observation




Dissected Approaches

Different demographics require different approaches and mediums.




Community

Our projects connect people and harness the power of groups.


Projects

Major Projects 2017

#OLDMATE

Mental health never gets old


Men aged 80+ suicide at a rate twice the national average.
Join the 100,000 Australians who are pledging one hour a month to change that.



Spur:Labs

We help you change the world


SPUR:LABS is the other half of the Spur family that helps organisations create campaigns and initiatives with real social impact.



Other Projects



How is the World Feeling?

The world's largest, real-time, mental health survey


10,144 people from 104 countries logged how they were feeling over seven days, creating the largest open-source database of emotions with over 56,992 entries.



Fuck Up Night

Let's celebrate the fuck ups we make


In bars and cafes across the world,
people gather to share their stories of failure.



The Blue Letterbox

Harnessing the connectedness of rural & remote areas


1,00,000 letterboxes
1,000,000 commitments to positive mental health.



Soften the Fck Up

Australia, we need to talk...


We don't need to redefine masculinity.
We need to undefine it.



Get Silent. Get Heard.

Australia goes silent on mental health


Think talking about how you’re feeling is challenging?
Try not talking at all.



This is a
Conversation Starter

Mental health is no laughing matter


12 Aussie Comedians. 12 Aussie Bands. 12 Songs about mental health.



The All-Volunteer Team




Lee Crockford


Will Stubbs


Benjamin Moriarty


Brett Scholz


Damon Klotz


Emilia McNamara


Peter Johnston


Nick Sterkenberg


Adrian Tynan


Andrea Hannah

This is great! I lost a very close friend to suicide just a few short years ago. I hope these projects reach and change lives. Keep up the great work.



I f*cking love this!!!! I'm going to talk about this with everyone I know.




This saved me 6 months ago. Things haven't really changed since then but my perspective has, and I'm happier now. Thank you.


OUR VALUES
HEAD & HEART



  1. We believe that there is no such thing as a typical Aussie male.

  2. What we do can, and will, create change.

  3. All men have the capacity to take control of their mental health and seek help when needed.

  4. Being courageous means challenging the status quo, asking the tough questions and starting the important conversations.

  5. We value agility and flexibility. Taking action is more important than dwelling for too long on a single idea.

  6. Empowerment comes from co-creation. We give people the space to work with us to reconstruct their experiences.

  7. We believe in staying authentic to the message and cause. We stay true to our words.

  8. We maintain our innovation by remaining fresh, optimistic, disruptive & dynamic.