Jimmy Barnes talks to The Rumble about mental health and asking for help

The Morning Rumble 23/05/2019

Rock legend Jimmy Barnes opened up to The Morning Rumble about his own battle with mental health, talked candidly about a failed suicide attempt and the "courage" it took to ask for help.

"Where I came from men didn't speak about personal stuff, men didn't want to show weakness, men didn't want to say they were in trouble - and that's half the reason so many men are killing themselves.

Barnes' had opened up about his struggles with mental health and revealed in his book 'Working Class Boy' he tried to take his own life in Auckland back in 2012.

"I remember lying there with this thing dangling around my neck, it wasn't that easy to die. I'm so glad i survived because one of the biggest casualties when someone kills themselves are the people they left behind.

I think men out there need to stand up - it's not manning up - and say look I need help.

When i got to that point... i felt at that point it was the first time I felt courageous...and when I regained the feeling of having courage, it gave me back respect for myself.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, get in touch with the good folk at I AM HOPE, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Prevention Helpline on 0508 828 865.