Hugh Jackman is using his time self-isolating in New York to help others in need.
After becoming an ambassador of mental health organisation Gotcha4Life in 2017, the actor has been hosting a number of secret of web seminars to promote “messages of connection and conversation” through the charity.
I've learned so much from being on the board and we are planning on more of those talks,” Hugh told News Corp Australia on Sunday of his passion to help people.
Gotcha4Life was founded in 2017 by Hugh’s best friend, Gus Worland.
“Gus has been incredible … [mental health] is something we really need to pay attention to in the world and Australia, a lot,” added Hugh.
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“Our need to look after each other, not just financially and physically, but mentally is a priority. There's a lot of loneliness out there and this only adds to that.”
Hugh urged people to take care of their mental wellbeing as he promoted Gotcha4Life and the work they do.
“I've been a board member since @Gotcha4Life was created,” began Hugh.
“It's extremely important that we pay attention to our mental health. Now more than ever. Please contact your family, friends and neighbours. A call could save a life.”
The Hollywood heavyweight and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness were in Melbourne with their children Oscar and Ava when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March.
They initially flew there from New York on a work trip as Deborra-Lee directed several episodes of Neighbours. They then returned to America after just four days.
“No one really knew what was going on… it was all a bit of a shock,” said Hugh after he was urged to return to America before the borders closed.
This article originally appeared on Over60.