Menslink CEO Martin Fisk’s life-changing work recognized | Canberra Times

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One of the most warmly received awards in Australia Day Honors was the one received by Menslink CEO Martin Fisk. It was a measure of the extent of his good work in the Canberra community that he received heartfelt congratulations from far and near after being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Fisk, 54, received the honor of serving the community through social welfare organizations, most prominent as CEO of Menslink since 2011. The organization, which this year celebrates its 20th year, supports young men throughout the Canberra region by inspiring them to speak up when they need help, provide advice and mentor using positive male role models. “On the one hand, it’s a huge honor, and I’m deeply grateful to the people who have nominated me. It’s a wonderful recognition,” he said. “On the other hand, I’m only one person at Menslink. If it stood to me, the letters OAM would be an ‘Order for All of Menslink’. We have hundreds of people dedicating part or all of their lives to helping our young guys and their families. ” Supporting young men may not be the most fashionable case, but it is one of the most critical. “We see a lot of anxiety and a lot of hopelessness about the future, and for young men, what it can result in is that they do harm to themselves. Suicide is still the leading killer among young men, more than skin cancer and road. accidents together, “he said. “Or they’re hurting those around them. Nearly one in 10 arrests of domestic violence in a given year by ACT Policing are young boys and men aged 10 to 18.” So our job is to help them get back on their feet, help them build their resilience, their mental fitness and their emotional self-regulation. And help them do so in a way that minimizes harm to themselves and those around them. “Mr Fisk grew up in Sydney and moved to Canberra in 2003. He has worked in the public and private sectors and volunteered for charity. organizations “probably my whole life.” He has completed an impressive 11 Vinnies CEO Sleepouts. He was also Vice President of the ACT Council of Social Services from 2014 to 2020. “I think my first Vinnies doorstep, I was like five, he said I’ve always lived a life where I’ve tried to contribute and give back. And I just had an opportunity in 2011 and I said, ‘You know, I really want to be in the community sector, but I have no idea , what does that mean ‘. “I put the word across my network and the universe and someone said,’ Hey, these Menslink people are looking for a CEO, why do not you call them? ‘. And I sat down with my predecessor, and he talked about working with Menslink, and for me, who had serious mental health issues as a young man, I said, ‘Wow, that could really be something for me’. And I never looked back. “Mr. Fish is open about the struggles he had as a young man.” I had a pretty significant depression. Like so many of our clients, I underwent that self-medication course. I had very extensive bullying as a child through a number of schools. And just thought, “Wow, maybe I can use the skills I have to be able to make a difference for other young men,” he said. Sir. Fish lives in Bonython with his wife Sandra. He has two daughters, Charlotte and Maddie, and two stepchildren, Kat and Kyle. As his Facebook feed testifies, one of his favorite ways to deal with stress is to get out and enjoy nature. “It’s a pretty hard job, it’s a demanding job. You’re on duty really seven days a week, and you can never predict when something will happen and someone will need your help,” he said. “And being able to get out into nature keeps me grounded and helps me realize that the world is so much bigger than any particular problems I have at the time.” Late last year, he and other local executives walked 142 miles along Canberra’s Centenary Trail, raising more than $ 350,000 for Menslink. It was a chance to connect and network, but more importantly, continue to maintain the work of Menslink, which like so many organizations in relation to COVID has “got a very unstable collection environment at the moment”. One of the people who nominated Mr. Fish for the Australia Day Award, was former Canberra journalist David Sharaz, who has spoken publicly about his own past mental health issues. “For years, I’ve seen Martin’s tireless dedication to supporting others, all with a goal of eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health,” Sharaz said. “We all need someone in life to support us, but not everyone has the strength to support you, Martin does. There is not a phone call he does not want to answer or a person he does not want. lift up and I can not think of any longer deserves this recognition. “In life you have to surround yourself with a village of people who have your back and I am honored to have Martin in mine.” MORE AUSTRALIAN DAYS: Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community, so you can continue to access our trusted content:


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