Every bloke has a story
In most circles, subjects like depression and suicide are taboo. Discussing them can feel haunting, foreign and inappropriate. But if we don’t confront their existence, the consequences can be far more devastating. In Australia, eight people take their life every day. Six of them are men. In the face of this staggering statistic, a reality emerges. Mental health issues are widespread, and many of us will in some way be affected by them. For Matt Tripet, a naturally upbeat and active outdoorsman, this reality took centre stage when he lost a loved one to suicide. Like so many others around the world, he was left to deal with unimaginably painful feelings, confusion and some depression of his own. A general hesitation to talk about his struggles complicated things even more.