On the back of the Regional Men's Health Initiative delivering a paper to the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth last month, we thought it was appropriate to talk about suicide from a primary carer's point of view.

As a community we have to be able to talk openly and frankly about suicide, because without using the word suicide we can't talk about it and make a difference.

 One of the main issues that confront families and relationships is trying to achieve a balance between work and home life. The word "balance" tends to indicate a 50/50 arrangement however that's a big ask today. It's more appropriate to talk about "work and home integration" to ensure we don't get too out of balance.

Quite often we get told to get ourselves off to the doctor and he will deal with our health and/or wellbeing issue? How wrong! The doctor will often give a diagnosis, treatment, options and/or assistance, but it is us as individuals that has to ultimately make decisions which then drives the outcome.

As blokes we get told all the time, "Men just don't talk!"

One of the things that never cease to amaze me in the job we do, is that given the right circumstances blokes will disclose their issues and tell their story. Every bloke that I have met has a story and/or issues and wants to talk about it.

Now that the Easter and ANZAC break has come and gone, we are now entering one of the extremely busy times of the year with seeding knocking at the door.

One of the most important things to consider looking after, during this time, is our most valuable resource, "US"!