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ABOUT TUNE IN NOW

Nearly five Australian men die by suicide every day.
In most cases, depression and anxiety is present and untreated. And with 80 percent of homeless men experiencing depression or anxiety, suicide is a very real issue.

This is why, after months of research and consultations, we created a toolkit for homelessness support workers. Because despite being dedicated to helping men with depression and anxiety, many struggle with what to say or how to say it.

By arming workers with the right information, like how best to approach someone and what questions to ask, we believe they’ll be empowered to ‘have the conversation’ about depression and anxiety. Tune In Now aims to do just that.

A comprehensive, easy-to-use guide, Tune In Now is packed with helpful tips, proven techniques and in-depth videos. With four different modules, workers can learn how to help men experiencing homelessness break down barriers, take action and seek support for depression and anxiety.

Who’s funding Tune In Now?

In 2010, the Australian Government announced the Taking Action To Tackle Suicide initiatives, a total investment of $276.9 million over four years. beyondblue was contracted by the Australian Government to develop a multiplatform health promotion campaign targeting men to improve men's help-seeking behaviour around anxiety and depression, and ultimately suicide.

beyondblue subsequently established the Beyond Barriers Strategy to encourage men to take action against depression and anxiety through reducing barriers to seeking support. Following consultation with the sector, beyondblue commissioned Homelessness Australia to develop a practical and easy-to-use online toolkit for homelessness support workers to facilitate men experiencing homelessness to take action against anxiety and depression.

Who should use this?

If you’re a homelessness case worker or support worker, this toolkit is for you.

Chances are you have experience supporting men with anxiety and depression, but aren’t used to having lengthy conversations about how they’re coping psychologically. Tune In Now can help.

What to expect from this toolkit

Practical information, engaging videos, real life examples and sample scenarios are bundled into a simple, easy-to-use toolkit designed just for you. Gain an understanding of depression and anxiety and be empowered with the knowledge to help men experiencing homelessness take action and seek support.

What this toolkit doesn’t do

Tune In Now isn’t for diagnosing depression and anxiety. And it’s certainly not for prescribing treatments – that’s for medical practitioners only.

Thanks and appreciation

Developing Tune In Now was a combined effort with the homelessness and mental health sectors. A huge thanks to the following organisations and individuals who so generously gave their time and expertise:

Project Reference Group

Jennifer Clarke, Policy and Research, Homelessness Australia (National)

Gavin Coehn, Trainer and Youth Support, Top End Suicide Intervention Awareness Training, Anglicare (NT)

Nina Crosland, Manager, Homelessness and Transitional Support Services, St Bartholomew’s House (WA)

Petrina Dorrington, Project Manager, Tune In Now, Homelessness Australia (National)

Gerald Franks, Director, Community Services, Canberra Men's Centre (ACT)

Liz Fritz, Director, Blair Athol Accommodation & Support Programme (QLD)

Travis Gilbert, Policy Officer, Mental Health Council of Australia (National)

Richie Goonan, General Manager, Housing Support Services, Hanover Welfare Services (VIC)

David Lovegrove, Consumer Health advocate, (ACT)

Brett Macklin, Operations Manager, Men's Services, St Vincent de Paul Support Services (NSW)

Tass Mousaferiadis, Men's Program Leader, beyondblue

Glenda Stevens, CEO, Homelessness Australia (National)

Andrew Thorp, Men's Project Manager, beyondblue

Pauline Woodbridge, Coordinator, North Queensland Domestic Violence Resource Service (QLD)

People and organisations consulted

Professor Michael Baigent, Clinical Director - Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Flinders University in South Australia

Prue Blackmore, Social Worker

Dr. Cynthia McPhee, GP

Anglicare

beyondblue

Blair Athol Accommodation & Support Programme

Canberra Men's Centre

Council to Homeless Persons Victoria, Peer Education and Support Program

erhma

Family Access Network

Hanover Welfare Services

Homeground

Homelessness Australia

Lighthouse Foundation

Melbourne City Mission

Mental Health Council of Australia

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria

Mind Australia

National Rural Women's Network

North Queensland Domestic Violence Service

Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC), Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria

Royal District Nursing Service

Sacred Heart Mission

Salvation Army

Servants Community Housing

St Bartholomew's House

St Vincent de Paul

Swinburne University Institute for Social Research

Wintringham Specialist Aged Accommodation

Yarra Community Housing

Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)

Production team

Web design and video content by Blueboat

Copy editing by Inkpot Copy

Funded by beyondblue with thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Taking Action to Tackle Suicide Initiative.