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FILM SERIES PROVIDES A VOICE FOR MEN TO TALK OPENLY ABOUT GRIEF

Bears Of Hope Releases Part Two In Their Powerful Series It’s Not All Black & White

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 12th October, 2017 – On October 15th people around the world will unite and continue to break the silence surrounding baby death during pregnancy and infancy. October 15th is a globally recognised day of awareness and Australian non-profit Bears of Hope will release Perspectives, part two in a powerful series that sheds a light on all those affected by baby death.

A death during pregnancy and infancy is sadly, common. In Australia, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss. The only uncommon part is that we hide from talking about this as a society.

Many of those affected by baby death suffer from depression and long-term anxiety, and this is especially true of men. Whilst women are allowed to, and expected to express grief, societal norms prohibit men from showing emotion. The pressure to be “strong” in our society often means that many males affected by pregnancy and infant loss are crippled by the silence imposed on them.

There is a fear of judgement – to be seen as weak, or that a set time to “get over it” has gone past, even though the grief remains. Many men feel that they are not entitled to the grieving process or that their responsibility lays in supporting others.

Western Sydney Wanderers player, Robbie Cornthwaite commented, "Quite often the father is somewhat forgotten. I know I felt my job was to support my wife after we lost our daughter and I never really dealt with the grief until over a year later. Partly because I was telling everyone I was fine but also there wasn’t really anyone to talk to. Sharing my story has helped so many others speak up and together we cou