This Men’s Health Week, being held from 15-21 June this year, aims to provoke thought and discussion about what needs to be done to improve male health.
Suicide prevention is one focus of the week. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that 1.5 million Australian men aged 18 and over had a self-reported mental or behavioural condition in 2014-15. The statistics are staggering, with 1 in 8 men experiencing depression, and 6 out of every 8 suicides being men.
Other men’s health facts include:
- Men are at significantly higher risk of dying from liver disease.
- Men are more likely to die of heart disease at an earlier age.
- 80% of spinal cord injuries occur in young men.
- Men on average live 4.4 years less than women.
- Top 3 reasons for reduced lifespan in men are cardiovascular disease, suicide, and motor accidents.
So, what can we all do about this I hear you ask? SUPPORT each other.
Headspace Warwick is a wonderful confidential service helping young people in the community aged 12-25 with their mental health and wellbeing. They will focus your care around individual needs and work with their in-house team to offer you tailored support. Please feel free to call them on 07 4661 1999
Beyond Blue’s Support Service (1300 22 4636) which is a 24/7 service, can be a great starting point if you are worried about your mate and think he might need a bit of extra support. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected millions of people around the world, both physically and mentally. Beyond Blue is a great haven to seek support.
The Warwick Men’s Shed not only passes on real life skills, but it’s a way of talking over problems with a few mates while doing something constructive.
Be sure to speak to your local GP about your concerns – they are a vital support for both your mental health and physical well being.
From all of us at the Friendlies, please support each other and spread awareness during Men’s Health week.