Triple M will play dead air on Monday to encourage listeners to speak about mental health

Radio station Triple M will be airing silence this Monday the 1st of July in an attempt to get men and women talking about mental health.

In an initiative supported by Beyond Blue, the station will air dead silence between 6am and 6pm in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Triple M have announced ‘No Talk Day’, encouraging listeners to have an open conversation about mental health and reach out to those suffering.

Triple M are encouraging people to reach out to friends, family, colleagues and even strangers who may be suffering from mental health issues and offer support instead of listening to the radio.

The organisers of ‘No Talk Day’ are hoping that providing listeners with an opportunity to have open and honest conversations about these issues may be a pathway to reducing male suicide rates.

According to Beyond Blue, 65 000 people in Australia will attempt suicide this year, eight will die every day and six will be men.

In a statement, head of Triple M Mike Fitzpatrick said:

“As a network that talks to a lot of Aussie men we feel as though it’s our responsibility to continue to encourage these men to be more aware of not only their own feelings but that of those around them. To reach out if they need someone to talk to or offer an ear to their mates.

We know it’s sometimes hard to talk about your feelings, but it might be the most important conversation you ever have.”

Triple M have uploaded a number of videos from big names such as The Living End, Ian Kenny from Birds Of Tokyo and Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine supporting the cause. Watch them here.

If you need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.