Talking mental health with the RAAF

In the world of Australian defence, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) stands as a symbol of courage, honour, and resilience. But behind the tough exterior of these brave servicemen lies a common challenge that we all face: navigating the complexities of life.

As part of the Top Blokes Uncut series this Movember, we sat down three RAAF servicemen – Connor, Liam, and Pedro – who openly chatted with us about their involvement in supporting positive mental health by implementing the Top Blokes Building Blokes program in their division.

“One of the things we noticed is how social media doesn’t show you what’s really going on,” Connor said. “We thought we could mentor them by sharing real life stories and helping them navigate life’s challenges.”

“Being part of the Top Blokes program surprised me,” Liam admitted. “The problems all us blokes faced were remarkably similar, reinforcing the importance of having the program.”

“As I climbed the ranks, I found immense satisfaction in helping the junior ranks,” Pedro said. “But attending the Top Blokes program took my understanding to a whole new level. I have no doubt that the Top Blokes program is going to benefit not just younger males in defence, but the entire defence community.”