Zurich and OnePath renew support for Mr Perfect mental wellbeing BBQs

Zurich Australia and OnePath Life have renewed their 12-month partnership with Mr Perfect, the grassroots men’s mental wellbeing network encouraging conversation and connections through informal BBQs across Australia.

Now in their fourth year of partnership, Zurich and OnePath Life have supported Mr Perfect to expand to more than 40 locations in most states and territories around the country. The funding also enabled Mr Perfect to quickly scale up online services and support, in place of in-person meetups during COVID-19 lockdowns.

“New research into Australia’s mental health emergency by the Centre for Social Impact shows that prevention and early intervention represent our best tools for supporting mental wellbeing. It’s our hope and strong belief that through participation in community programs like Mr Perfect, fewer Australians will reach a point of crisis in their mental health. We’ve seen firsthand through the various mental wellbeing programs we support that community-based programs serve a tremendous role. We are inspired by people like Terry Cornick, Mr Perfect’s founder, for the work they do to lift up their communities and fellow Australians.” – Zurich Financial Services Australia’s Head of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs Linda Griffin.

“When we first started Mr Perfect, even getting men to turn up was a challenge, let alone talk about their mental wellbeing. That’s no longer the case. Our average attendance at BBQs has gone from five to more than 20 and people are more willing to open up. What we’re offering is a soft entry point into mental health awareness and support. It’s our hope that men come to our BBQs, have a meaningful conversation with someone they can relate to, and later reflect on whether they need to consider taking the next step in addressing their own mental health concerns.” – Mr Perfect founder Terry Cornick.