A Marathon Health psychologist is urging men in the western region to show "real strength" by reaching out for support when they need it and encouraging mates to do the same.
This Men's Health Week, Gerrit Williemse is calling stereotypes of men bottling up their emotions and handling problems alone as "completely unrealistic and damaging".
He says unspoken words can lead to tragedy.
The Black Dog Institute reports that in 2017 more than 3000 Australians died from suicide, about 75 per cent of them males.
"The real strength is telling someone you trust that you aren't doing well," the psychologist said.
"It's asking your mate if they're OK, and it's knowing the signs and symptoms for mental health concerns.
"Most importantly, it's reaching out for support when you need to."
Mr Williemse says "everyone's mental health changes throughout their life".
"It is critical to look after your mind as well as you would your body," he said.
"Try and stay healthy, participate in social events and activities, take time to do the things you love and stay connected with the people around you.
"Being self-aware and understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns can also help you better look out for mates and family members when you notice they may be struggling.
"Tough conversations can be hard to have, but that shouldn't stop you.
"The only way to break the stigma is to talk about it, give it a voice.
"Reaching out to someone who you see struggling may be awkward at first, but there's real potential you can save someone's life. That makes the awkwardness worth it."
Tips for managing recovery include reaching out to family and friends, talking to a doctor, understanding alcohol and drugs can made matters worse and increasing physical activity.
"We have mental health programs for people of all ages and all backgrounds, " Mr Williemse said.
If you need support, we are ready to help you on your journey."
To find out more visit marathonhealth.com.au/mental-health.