Rachael Passer says "men shouldn't feel ashamed to talk about their feelings" and she's determined to help remove the negative stigma associated with men's mental health.
Ms Passer lost her much-loved brother, William, to suicide in 2018. The loss of William, often known a goofball with an infectious smile, came as a surprise to many.
She said William, who moved to Queanbeyan to work as a carpenter and to be close to his friends before dying aged 26, struggled with with societal pressures like "owning a house, car and starting a family" and would often get down on himself as a result.
"He was doing all the right things by seeing a counsellor and taking antidepressants, but it got a bit too much for him," Rachael said.
Rachael, along with her mother Jane, is hoping to be able to provide more support to young men and families to ensure more lives can be saved, and to better handle the grieving process.
Jane said after her son's passing she joined the Orange Suicide Prevention Group and will be starting up another support group in the near future, although coronavirus has stalled their initial endeavours.
"I wanted to create a space for parents who have lost their child because there is a lot of grief groups available but I want parents to get support as well," she said.
The grief is slightly different because you have a lot of unanswered questions about what you could have done or why you weren't there.Jane Passer on losing her son William to suicide
Jane added being a parent of a child who has taken their own life is a heart breaking experience.
"There are a lot of negative connotations and stigma connected with the word suicide," she said.
"The grief is slightly different because you have a lot of unanswered questions about what you could have done or why you weren't there.
"It's just as hard and difficult for parents and your heart doesn't get over it, it doesn't matter how they did it it's just not the way things are meant to be."
Racheal said before the passing of her brother she was studying to be a mental health nurse.
"I deferred my studies after his passing because I had to look after myself and the family," Ms Passer said.
"Men's mental health is a massive issue and they need to know that they are loved and supported. Men shouldn't feel ashamed to talk about their feelings."
With World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the Orange Suicide Prevention Group will be giving away free tealight candles to be lit at 8pm.
To collect a candle contact 0419 911 040.
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