BRA boy Reni Maitua wants to reassure guys that expressing your feelings doesn't make you any less of a man.
Maitua, 30, has endured the heartache of losing four males, who were close to his family, to suicide since he was 15.
"It's not a fashionable thing to tell mates your problems," the Parramatta Eels co-captain said. "Males generally think they have a reputation to uphold and they can't let fear step in the way of that."
Even the hardest sportsmen were not invincible.
"You're not a weak person if you speak up," he said. "We get judged every day on our performance but we have the same problems as everyone else and we struggle at times as well."
Maitua has teamed up with the east's toughest sporting personalities in a fundraiser to help prevent more mates losing the fight with mental health
"We all have dark days and our demons but we just need to create that awareness that you're not alone," he said.
JOIN THE FIGHT
The Plebs, Pro's & Personalities 24-hour treadmill run for suicide prevention will be held from 6pm, June 7 at Maroubra Sports Club. Personalities include Reni Maitua, Wests Tigers' Braith Anasta, Biggest Loser 's Shannon Ponton, Rabbitohs John Sutton and Brad Fittler, rapper Kid Mac.
The Plebs, Pro's and Personalities for Suicide Prevention event raised over $46,000 for suicidepreventionaust.org. Massive effort, so much community spirit. We here at FTW would like to thank everyone so much who got involved.
Everyone came to gather to help and support the runners and raise money for a topic that is so close to so many hearts. Together we can make a difference, check out a few photos from the event...