Sydney Morning Herald

Men behaving sadly

By Mark Metherell
October 30 2002
Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's angst-ridden, too-often-silent blokes have inundated the world's first national phone counselling service for men.

Men's Line has registered 60,000 calls in its first year, many more than it can cope with, from angry, anxious and often suicidal individuals.

The surge in calls is disturbing evidence of the insecurity suffered by many men about their place in society, said the federal parliamentary secretary for Family and Community Services, Ross Cameron.

"The world has changed around men and in many cases men have been deeply bruised and are still in a state of shock," said Mr Cameron, who has announced an extra $200,000 for the service.

The single largest group of callers to Men's Line were those reeling from relationship breakdowns, unable to talk in person but prepared to share their problems anonymously on the phone.

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