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If you work with men who may be experiencing depression or anxiety, you should ‘Tune in Now’!

After consultations with the homelessness and mental health sectors, Homelessness Australia and beyondblue have joined forces to develop an innovative resource for the homelessness sector. 

Tune In Now is an online toolkit designed to help homelessness support workers to ‘have the conversation’ with men about depression and anxiety.  Because despite being dedicated to helping men experiencing homelessness, many workers struggle with what to say about depression and anxiety and how to say it. By arming workers with the right information, like how best to approach someone and what questions to ask, we believe workers will be empowered to ‘have the conversation’ about depression and anxiety, which will then empower men to take action. 

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Suicide is the leading cause of death for males under the age of 44 in Australia; on average, every day in Australia, five men die by suicide.   On average, one in eight men will experience depression, and one in five will experience anxiety in his lifetime.   For a man experiencing homelessness, the likelihood of experiencing depression and/or anxiety is significantly higher than the general population.  

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Tune In Now has four informative modules that workers can explore and learn how to help men experiencing homelessness, break down the barriers, take action and seek support for depression and anxiety. The toolkit is easy to navigate and is packed with information about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, screening tools, useful links to other resources, and practical tips on having a conversation about depression and anxiety.  The toolkit includes inspiring videos featuring men who have experienced homelessness and mental health issues, and experienced homelessness case/support workers.

media9Please share the resources provided in Tune In Now with your team members, embed the toolkit into your staff induction process and provide Homelessness Australia with feedback on how the kit is working for you so we can continue to improve the resource for the sector.

To try out this comprehensive, free and easy-to-use toolkit go to: www.tuneinnow.com.au

Tell your colleagues to ‘Tune In Now’!

A full set of resources, including fact sheet and photos are located on the Tune in Now website.

 Special thanks to our generous design partner, Blueboat www.blueboat.com.au.
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As a collaborative partner, we're proud to launch Tune In Now alongside Homelessness Australia.

Tune In Now was funded by beyondblue with thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Taking Action to Tackle Suicide Initiative.