Men’s Health Information
Welcome to our men’s health information page. You will find a wealth of useful information about men’s health and wellbeing, along with a list of local services and support that is available across our region.
Men’s Health Statistics
A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts. Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that’s five men a day, on average). Alarmingly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have a much less life expectancy than non indigenous counterparts and are among the most disadvantaged when it comes to the health in our country.
These frightening statistics are exactly why we need to do as much as we can to promote men’s physical, emotional and social health and encourage men to take control over their own wellbeing.
Each year we celebrate Men’s Health Week and this June 14 – 20 the focus of the campaign is ‘what it means to have a team’.
Having a team of people, resources and information around you can help you to be the best version of yourself; physically, mentally and socially. Your teammates are there for you in the good times and help support you through the tough times.
For your health and wellbeing to thrive you’ll need a range of people, groups, services and information on your team, depending on what is happening at that point in time.
Just like every sport is different, everyone’s team will be too.
Keep reading to see who you can include in your team to be the best version of yourself.
Who’s on your team?
It’s important to have a team of people, resources and information around you to support you when things aren’t going well. Some of these you may be connected with, and others you may considering reaching out and connecting with.
Friends and Family
Our first team mate and those who are often most close to use; our friends and family. As the middle men or centre court players, these team mates as with us wherever we go.
Staying socially connected to those around you is more important than you may think. Whether it be a catch up in person with a mate or a chat on the phone to your dad or brother. Spending quality time with the most important people in your life will keep you happier and healthier. Catching up in person means your friends and family can check in on you and likewise you on them, however don’t underestimate the value of a phone call or text message when that isn’t possible.
GP or other Health Professional
A really important addition to everyone’s team is a local health or medical professional. This could be a GP, your pharmacist or other health professional such as a counsellor or psychologist depending on your health needs. Their inclusion is important as regular check ins can prevent any minor concerns, both physical and mental, from getting out of hand.
Think of these team members as your defensive players. These professionals are always looking out for you and trying to stop any situations from getting worse.
If you currently don’t have a health professional on your ‘team’; consider getting one involved. Find your local health service provider here.
Often we reach out to these people, when life is going well. Work’s good, family is good and we feel confident to become more involved in our local community.
However much like the forwards or the offense players in sport, these teammates are there to support you through the good times and the not so good.
Connecting with groups in the community, be it through volunteering, visiting a Men’s Shed, a local Neighbourhood House or a sporting club, provides you with a sense of belonging and worth. Not only does it give you a sense of purpose, it gets you out there and meeting a range of different people, which does wonders for our physical, mental and social health.
Online Resources/Phone Support
Sometimes life gets too much and we find ourselves struggling and not connecting very well with people around us. We think we need some help but we just don’t know how to reach out for it; which is why we have on hand a range of phone and online resources.
You can think of these resources as the benchwarmers of our team. Win, lose or draw they’re there when you need them and even when you don’t think you do.
When you’re feeling down, tired, irritable or avoiding the things you love and you’re not sure where to go, try visiting one of the following websites:
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