Supporting men to open up about their mental health

Dr Edward Koch Comu Grant Large

Changing the way men talk about their mental health is the mission of Freemason charity Hand Heart Pocket’s latest Grassroots Community Grants recipient.

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland has announced it will give $10,000 to the Dr Edward Koch Foundation to host a forum promoting men’s mental health. The forum will take place in Far North Queensland during Suicide Prevention Week, which runs from 6th – 12th September 2019.

Now in its second year, the forum encourages men to look out for each other and seek help when they need it.

Local Freemasons from the Temple Memorial Masonic Lodge nominated the foundation because of its commitment to making a positive difference in the community.

“We know men don’t always talk about their health concerns or ask for help when they need it most,” Temple Memorial Masonic Lodge Secretary Ken Sagacio said.

“We wanted to give a hand up to a local group working hard to empower men to take control of their wellbeing. The men’s forum provides a safe place to start important conversations that will ultimately help men lead better lives.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Hand Heart Pocket’s long-term strategy included a key focus on men’s mental and physical health.

“Grassroots activities that provide education, awareness and support for men struggling with their mental health strongly align with our values as an organisation,” Mr Mark said.

“We’re delighted to support the men’s forum and help the Dr Edward Koch Foundation improve the lives of men living in the local community.”

The Dr Edward Koch Foundation’s men’s forum is one of six community initiatives across Queensland that will share in more than $50,000 in funding as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2019 Grassroots Community Grants round.

Photo: (Left to Right) Temple Memorial Masonic Lodge Past Master Colin Lawson, Dr Edward Koch Foundation Chairman Graham Koch and CEO Dulcie Bird, Temple Memorial Masonic Lodge Master Earle Church and Secretary Ken Sagacio, and Temple Memorial Masonic Lodge Past Master and Past District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Carpentaria Phil Starr.

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