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MONARO FLY FISHER CASTING A NEW LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Member for Monaro, John Barilaro today congratulated Monaro fly fisher, Matt Tripet, who received a NSW Government grant of $41,000 for his not-for-profit fishing organisation, The Fly Program.
Matt Tripet who tragically lost his brother-in-law to suicide in 2013 founded The Fly Program to help men, who may be directly, or indirectly struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and/or suicide.
Mr Tripet said the program is committed to providing men with an environment where they not only explore amazing locations on the mountain bike, or with the fishing rod at hand but also use these experiences as the platform to explore new frontiers within themselves.
Member for Monaro, John Barilaro said Matt’s program is delivering fantastic results not only for men in our region but right across NSW.
“Matt’s program is a great way for men to seek advice and help in an environment that is less intimidating while also allowing them to share their journeys with other men who may be experiencing the same struggles,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Matt takes men through a three-day trout fishing adventure in which participants will learn all the techniques of fly fishing.
“These intensive sessions deliver a unique set of skills that go beyond just becoming a good fly fisher – they build confidence, resilience and work on a series of mindfulness practices.
“Matt is a great advocate for our region and I encourage anyone who may be struggling to see how The Fly Program may be able to help them.”
Approximately, 1 in 5 Australians are diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year and male suicide rates account for approximately 78% of all suicides in Australia each year.
The program plans to work with more than 180 men over the next few years, many from regional parts of the state.
For more information on The Fly Program visit http://flyprogram.org.au/.