17/06/2016 4:14 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:54 PM AEST

The Totally Real Conversation That Could Save Your Mate's Life

Banter could be looking out for your buddies more than you think.

Blokes everywhere have had these types of conversations. The ones that begin with some banter, launch into an anecdote from years gone by and end with uncontrollable laughter that builds a bond and brings two mates closer.

And Beyond Blue believes there's more to these conversations than we are led to believe.

The national initiative launched a new campaign called Chat Laps on Friday as part of Male Mental Health Week, targeted towards discussing male mental health among friends.

On average, 1 in 8 men will have depression and 1 in 5 will experience anxiety at some point in their lives and only a quarter will access a form of support, according to the Beyond Blue website.

In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 54 with almost 2000 male suicides each year and six male suicides every day.

And beyondblue believes to change these horrifying statistics, we need to change the way we think. Through conversations. Real conversations, just like this one.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression contact beyondBlue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.