Caleb Hawk from the Victorian AIDS Council, which helps run the DALE project, said so far the site had attracted about 70 registered users and 10,000 unique visitors."One of the researchers that was looking at this population has done some modelling to actually suggest that there might be up to 17,000 men in Australia who are same-sex attracted and living in a heterosexual relationship or lifestyle," he said."When you think about that in the grand scheme of things that's actually a pretty big population for no service provision whatsoever targeting them."Beyond Blue is leading the project with 0,000 of funding over two years from the annual Movember fundraising campaign to improve men's health.
Website visitors are being surveyed about their experience of anxiety and depression, as part of a broader research project at the University of New South Wales.
And if left untreated can lead to serious physical illness as well.Michael O'Hanlon was your typical Australian man — married, three kids, living in the suburbs with a corporate job."Mortgage, four-bedroom house, the whole catastrophe," as he jokingly describes it.He loved his wife and his children but by the time he reached his early 40s, he reluctantly realised he could no longer live with the huge secret he had been hiding for years. "It was after the year 2000 actually, I remember being very unhappy around that time," he said."New Year's Eve, on deck for Y2K, thinking what the hell am I doing?He said his two sons and daughter find it quite fashionable to have a gay dad.Mr O'Hanlon said he sought out a Commonwealth-funded support group for gay and married men years before coming out, but could not make the leap."I thought 'hmm, that's what it looks like, these are other people in my situation', then I ran back and hid in the closet for another six years. Ultimately the forces keeping his sexuality a secret, such as a lack of gay role models and a strict Catholic mother, were overpowered by the need to be honest to himself and others.