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The Blues Time To Talk: Resilience And Mental Health

23 Jun 2020


Talking about mental health - it’s not an easy thing to do.

Especially for men, there can be a lot of pressure to maintain a tough exterior and keep quiet about the challenges they face or areas where they need support.

But mental health challenges are more common in men than you might think. One in eight Kiwi men experience depression at some point in their lifetime.

So, for Men’s Health Month, we sat down with some of your favourite Blues players and asked them to share their thoughts on mental health and wellbeing.

Check out the video above to hear our open korero (discussion) with Beauden Barrett, Matt Duffie and Otere Black about vulnerability, hauora (health), maintaining balance in life, and their advice for anyone going through a tough time.

Men’s Health Month is all about encouraging men to have a conversation about health, whether it’s mental or physical - and to seek help where it’s needed.

When it comes to mental health challenges, the impact and symptoms shown can differ from person to person.

That’s why it’s so important to regularly check in on the boys and men in your whānau, friends and co-workers. Remind them it’s ok to be vulnerable, and that there’s support available.


If you or someone you know is struggling, there are many services you can access for help, including:

Lifeline Aotearoa - Call 0800 543 354 or text 4357 for 24/7 confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers. • Clearhead – Download the Clearhead app or go to the Clearhead website for a free, AI powered personal wellbeing assistant, providing personalised mental health recommendations.