'Beers with mates’ to raise mental health awareness

23 April 2018

Brassall local Jason Linke is on a mission to raise mental health awareness and believes there’s no better way to do it than over a few beers with mates.

His new event series, aptly titled, “Beers with Mates, let’s start the conversation” kicks off at Yamanto Tavern on the 27th April from 6:30pm.

The Jeebropilly Mine employee said he hoped the casual and friendly setting would encourage people to open up and share some of the struggles they’d been facing.

“A lot of people feel isolated during their battle with mental health or during a prolonged period of grief or depression,” Jason said.

“One of the biggest things that supported me with my depression was finally getting the courage to reach out and ask for help.”

“I think men in particular can find it really hard to share how they’re feeling so my hope is to create an environment where it’s welcomed and easier for people to get stuff off their chest.”

Jason’s battle with depression began upon learning about his son’s addiction.

“That period was really tough for my son and our family, and it was a difficult period for me personally too,” Jason said.

“I don’t know if I’d be here today without the support of my mates and the chance they gave me to open up and talk about what was going on.”

“Putting things out in the open was difficult at first but it was the best thing I ever did and it helped me build a really strong support network.”

An active member of the Jeebropilly Mine health and safety committee, Jason has played a central role on site promoting mental health and men’s health awareness, including an annual Movember Bowls Day event for employees and their families.

If you’d like to learn more about the first Beers With Mates event, head on over to Jason’s Facebook page at facebook.com/beerswithmates/