I’m Just a Man 3 is back for 2019!

I’m Just a Man 3 is back for 2019!


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The inaugural event and the I’m Just A Man 2 was a hit fundraising over 15K and raising much needed awareness for Men’s mental health and male suicide. Thank you to you all for your love and support.

The ‘I’m Just A Man’ Gala Dinner gathering, raises awareness and funds for men’s mental health on the night of Michael Hutchences’ 22nd year anniversary since his passing.

There are many way you can become involved, buy one seat or an entire table or more!

We are looking for donations for our guests and interest from organisations and groups who wish to support us through sponsorship…

I’m Just a Man“, was inspired by Dr Jim Skivalidas when he lost his livelihood and then almost his life. So impacted by this moment, Dr Jim banded together with an impassioned and dedicated group of strangers to bring this event to life.

The objective to inspire others to join in a glittering night of recognition when we can raise our glasses and lift our minds to pay respect to all the men who have killed themselves or tried.

When: Friday 22nd November 2019

Where: The Park, 36 Lakeside Dr, Albert Park

Time: 6.30-7pm champagne and canapés

Dress code: Men – formal suit and Rockstar/favourite band t-shirt. Women – Evening glamour

All profits to be donated to beyondblue and Movember, as we are fundraising for both. 

How one phone call changed everything for Jim Skivalidas

How one phone call changed everything for Jim Skivalidas

WHEN Jim Skivalidas’ brother called him in 2014 what happened next sent his life into an unexpected spiral.

ON NOVEMBER 24, 2014, Jim Skivalidas received a phone call that changed his life.

His brother called to tell him the roof of his chiropractic clinic in Port Melbourne was on fire.

“I arrived on the scene 15 minutes later, following the cloud trail that made its way across the city, to see five fire brigades, people, news reporters and cameras everywhere,” recalls Dr Skivalidas.

“It was as if it was a blaze out of hell.”

The fire — caused by an electrical fault — made national news.

It was an absolutely devastating outcome for Dr Skivalidas.

“Simply put, it challenged at the core who I was, and the meaning of why I was alive. I had spent the last three years creating my dream clinic and restoring the building to its former glory,” he says.

“That night I stayed at my mother’s home. I thought it was a nightmare. I woke up at 5am and walked to the clinic which was 500 metres up the road.

“When I stood across the road and looked at the wreckage I had this overwhelming shame as if I was exposed to the community, and I thought, ‘I can’t earn money at the moment, I can’t see my clients, I can’t look after my mum (as I am her caretaker), and I can’t have a baby (as my wife and I were three years into an IVF journey and there was no money).”

It was then that he considered jumping to his death.

Jim Skivalidas says the “hidden blessings” of his family helped him through his period of depression and anxiety.

Jim Skivalidas says the “hidden blessings” of his family helped him through his period of depression and anxiety.Source:Supplied

To this day it shocks him how quickly he became suicidal.

But the “hidden blessings” of his family and the support of loyal patients kept him alive.

Skivalidas, now 45, describes the road back to a healthy mental state as a “long journey”.

“I have done so much personal development and really acknowledged the power of being honest and vulnerable,” Dr Skivalidas says.

“I also turned to singing, and had this drive to sing live/record for the first time in my life about male artists that had suicided and overdosed after experiencing mental health issues.

“I travelled to the USA where I performed with Paul Stanley from KISS and Judas Priest as a final act at rock camps, of which I was allowed to change the lyrics to a folk song and made it about Michael Hutchence’s spirit visiting Kirk Pengilly on the 20th anniversary since his passing.”

Dr Jim Skivalidas with INXS’ Kirk Pengilly, who is a Movember ambassador.

Dr Jim Skivalidas with INXS’ Kirk Pengilly, who is a Movember ambassador.Source:Supplied

“Because music had become my saving grace, when (Soundgarden singer) Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington suicided I decided to launch a men’s mental health gala last year called I’m Just A Man (named after one of the final songs that Michael Hutchence wrote with INXS).

He encourages anyone else who has similar thoughts and dark periods of anxiety and depression to “reach out — open up and say how you feel.”

It’s part of the reason he is giving his time to support the upcoming Movember campaign, which raises money for mental health and suicide prevention programsso they can continue their work to reduce depression, anxiety and suicide in men.

“Men are not immune. We need to be open, vulnerable and discover a new meaning to masculinity,” he says.

• To sign up now to grow a Mo and raise funds for men’s health at Movember.com

• If you or someone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

SourceI’m Just a Man Founder Jim Skivalidas was recently interviewed by news.com.au – http://bit.ly/2yZRARE
What causes anxiety?

What causes anxiety?

An anxiety condition isn’t developed or caused by a single factor but a combination of things.

A number of other factors play a role, including personality factors, difficult life experiences and physical health. 

Family history of mental health conditions

Some people who experience anxiety conditions may have a genetic predisposition towards anxiety and these conditions can sometimes run in a family. However, having a parent or close relative experience anxiety or other mental health condition doesn’t mean you’ll automatically develop anxiety.

Personality factors

Research suggests that people with certain personality traits are more likely to have anxiety. For example, children who are perfectionists, easily flustered, timid, inhibited, lack self-esteem or want to control everything, sometimes develop anxiety during childhood, adolescence or as adults.

Ongoing stressful events

Anxiety conditions may develop because of one or more stressful life events. Common triggers include:

  • work stress or job change
  • change in living arrangements
  • pregnancy and giving birth
  • family and relationship problems
  • major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event
  • verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma
  • death or loss of a loved one.

Physical health problems

Chronic physical illness can also contribute to anxiety conditions or impact on the treatment of either the anxiety or the physical illness itself. Common chronic conditions associated with anxiety conditions include:

  • diabetes
  • asthma
  • hypertension and heart disease

Some physical conditions can mimic anxiety conditions, like an overactive thyroid. It can be useful to see a doctor and be assessed to determine whether there may be a medical cause for your feelings of anxiety.

Other mental health conditions

While some people may experience an anxiety condition on its own, others may experience multiple anxiety conditions, or other mental health conditions. Depression and anxiety conditions often occur together. It’s important to check for and get assistance for all these conditions at the same time.

Substance use

Some people who experience anxiety may use alcohol or other drugs to help them manage their condition. In some cases, this may lead to people developing a substance use problem along with their anxiety condition. Alcohol and substance use can aggravate anxiety conditions particularly as the effects of the substance wear off. It’s important to check for and get assistance for any substance use conditions at the same time.

Remember …

Everyone’s different and it’s often a combination of factors that can contribute to developing an anxiety condition. It’s important to remember that you can’t always identify the cause of anxiety or change difficult circumstances. The most important thing is to recognise the signs and symptoms and seek advice and support.
Mental Health – Anxiety

Mental Health – Anxiety

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.

Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t go away – when they’re ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause.

It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren’t easily controlled.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.1 In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.2

Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Men are known for bottling things up. But when you’re feeling down, taking action to call in extra support is the responsible thing to do.

Trying to go it alone when you’re feeling down increases the risk of depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated. Depression is a high risk factor for suicide, and plays a contributing role to the big difference in suicide rates for men and women.

On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.1

Blokes make up an average six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll.

Everyone’s mental health varies during their life, and can move back and forth along their own personal range between positive and healthy at one end through to severe symptoms or conditions that impact on everyday life at the other, in response to different stressors and experiences.

Effectively managing your mental health can give you significant improvements in your quality of life, increase your capacity to support your family and your mates, and let you perform at your best.

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