18/08/2015 5:49 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:50 PM AEST

How It Feels To Put On A Brave Face When You're Depressed

After losing six mates to suicide over the past decade, actor Tom Oakley was moved to create this short film encouraging men to check in on each other and to speak up if they need help.

Working with producer and director Robert Reid, the guys explore how just one conversation can save a life.

It's only a couple of minutes long but it's incredibly moving and the acting is very raw, and you can't help but wonder, how many of your friends might be facing the same battle.

We encourage you to share this video and if you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 131114. For further information about depression, contact BeyondBlue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.