Throughout October 2016, we will be fundraising to Keep HeadsUpGuys Going and sharing stories of recovery and practical tips from men who have fought and overcome depression.
"Don’t be ashamed or think you’re alone. Speak up and reach out."
About Will Patino:
I’m a husband, father and photographer based out of Wollongong on the east coast of Australia. I host landscape photography workshops around the world and shoot for tourism clients and brands. My main passion is being outside, getting lost in the wilderness.
(the image below was created by Will for #BetterStartsHere, a campaign held over October 2015)
Struggling with mental illness, I remember feeling so helpless, as if my world was surrounded by darkness. It was a heavy burden to carry, to wake up and feel on my shoulders everyday.
It was actually after I picked up a camera that my life changed dramatically, as I began to see the world in a completely different way. This encouraged me to get outside, keep active and really took my mind off things.
Talking about it:
Don’t be ashamed or think you’re alone. Speak up and reach out, people are going to be more supportive than you think.
– William Patino, professional landscape and travel photographer based out of Wollongong, Australia
Help us better understand men's attitudes and experiences related to mental health concerns.
Eligible participants (men 18+) can enter a draw to win $250 CAD after completing the survey.
Complete optional follow-up surveys at 3- and 6-month intervals, and be entered into draws for $350 and $500 CAD, respectfully.