Sunrise meteorologist and mental health advocate Sam Mac has revealed that he often receives social media messages from people in crisis considering suicide.
Seven’s host, 38, told the TV Blackbox podcast last week that it can be “ overwhelming ” at times to see so many people contacting him asking for help.
Sam said he had to get ready [himself] for a few hundred personal Facebook posts ”every time he talks about depression or suicide on Sunrise.
‘Overwhelming’: Sunrise meteorologist and mental health advocate Sam Mac revealed he often receives social media messages from people in crisis considering suicide
“It’s heavy. A woman wrote to me and told me she was planning to hang herself. It doesn’t get much heavier than that, ”he added.
“You have to take this very seriously, which I do.
“I am very frank. I am not a professional, I am not a psychiatrist and I will not be your counselor, but I can certainly give you some thoughts and hopefully guide you in the direction of help.
Sam thinks that people who are going through tough times often feel a strong connection to breakfast television because mornings can be the hardest part of their day.
And due to the light nature of his segments, he finds that many people who have trouble getting out of bed due to depression rely on him to lift their spirits.
‘A woman wrote to me and told me she was planning to hang herself’: Seven’s presenter, 38, said it could be ‘overwhelming’ at times when so many people contacted her for ask him for help.
For example, a former Victoria police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder once told Sam that his “ silly jokes ” on Sunrise were a lifeline.
Sam explained, “ He came down and met me at one of my crosses in Geelong, and he said, ‘I want to shake your hand and thank you … You’ve had a really positive influence in my life and now I have the confidence to apply again for other jobs. “
“It’s so gratifying for me. I love these experiences. ”
“There is something extremely powerful about this time of day because there is an intimacy that comes with breakfast television and radio,” Sam continued.
“ People who watch breaky TV … this is the first face they [see] at the start of the day so there is an element of trust that comes with that and over time there is a very powerful connection.
Important: Sam devoted a chapter to mental health in his new autobiography, Accidental Weatherman, and said it was “ the most difficult chapter to write, but the most important ”
Sam devoted a chapter to mental health in his new autobiography, Accidental Weatherman, and said it was “ the most difficult chapter to write, but the most important. ”
He concluded, “ I love that I can use my platform, whether it’s social media or Sunrise, to encourage more men to have these conversations … about mental health. ”
In May 2020, Sam revealed how he helped save the life of a suicidal bystander the year before with a simple but powerful gesture.
A female fan had contacted him during a very dark time in their lives, and the TV funnyman took the time to listen to them.
‘You helped me not to hang myself’: In May 2020, Sam revealed how he helped save the life of a suicidal viewer the year before with a simple but powerful gesture
Sam shared a screenshot of a text he received from the woman, who wanted to thank him for being a sympathetic ear when needed.
“I think you are great and help a lot of people. I’m so glad you have a partner now, ” the viewer wrote, referring to Sam’s girlfriend Elle Whittaker. (He’s now dating stylist Rebecca James.)
They added: ‘I know you get a lot of messages and too much to read but last year I told you how you helped me not to hang myself.
“ I kept thinking about what you said about your friend and how it affects everyone who stayed, so I had the courage to tell my husband and I got to help from there.
Sympathetic ear: A fan had contacted him during a very dark time in his life, and the TV funnyman took the time to listen to them.
Simple act of kindness: Sam shared a screenshot of a text he received from the woman, who wanted to thank him for being a sympathetic ear when needed.
Sam explained that he remembers their conversation, which took place in 2019, and that he was proud of the woman for sharing her experience.
“ It’s confronting, but especially given what’s going on in the world right now, these conversations are more important than ever, ” he wrote in the caption.
“There is always someone to talk to. Your friend, your partner, your family or a professional … The slightest conversation can change your life.