Men in Black Zumbathon
In 2018, Robert Tyler stood on stage with a fellow band of all-male Zumba instructors in a darkened hall that was punctuated by bursts of colour from the crowd’s outfits. They were leading the Men in Black Zumbathon – a dance-class fundraiser for the Black Dog Institute – and working hard to smash two stereotypes: that Zumba instructors are mostly female, and that men shouldn’t open up about their mental health. “The success of the event is because it is different but also the guys work together and all believe in the importance of the cause,” says Robert.
For the Queensland man, an IT account manager who previously worked closely with the construction industry, it was clear that many men across a range of industries) often lack the right knowledge to recognise their own mental health problems, or are reluctant to seek help. With this in mind, as well as the memory of a family member’s suicide attempt, Robert decided to create the Men in Black Zumbathon.
Photo credits: Fiona Edmonds
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