The Fly Program is a not-for-profit organisation endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office with a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and deductible contributions seeking to raise the awareness and combat the impacts of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in the Australian adult male community.
The concept of The Fly Program is very unique and it is built around four key components Explore, Cast, Discover and Recover.
Exploration is the very reason why many pursue the next bend in the river and peddle over the next mountain pass – and it is through exploration we have the platform we can explore our inner-selves. The Fly Program is committed to providing men an environment where they not only explore amazing locations on the mountain bike, or with the fishing rod at hand but also use these experiences as the platform to explore new frontiers within themselves.
Casting a line by a mountain stream, or an untouched shoreline has a powerful means to engage an instinctive and primal part of the male psyche. At The Fly Program we understand that casting a line is a wonderful platform to help Australian men escape the disruptions of everyday life and become the vehicle that takes them to some of the most inspiring locations – but also ‘casting’ awareness of the impact of depression, PTSD and suicide in our male society.
Through discovery in nature we can learn to escape the distractions of everyday life and bring clarity to thought. We believe at The Fly Program that discovery of our world is also an amazing metaphor; assisting Australian men discover new places within themselves through life changing adventures.
At The Fly Program we believe nature is like fuel for the soul, with numerous studies demonstrating that exposure and participation in the natural world increases energy and a heightened sense of well-being, increasing feelings of happiness and health. It is our sole objective to get more men in the outdoors, as active participants and create an environment we can tackle these threads of mental illness as a team, not suffer as individuals.