Men's Health Week June 11-17
With Men’s Health Week currently taking place right now, it’s the perfect time to focus on Men’s Health and raise awareness of men’s health issues both physical and mental.
Why is it important to focus on men’s health? Well, mainly because of the huge disparity when compared to the health of Australian women. It’s fair to say that men have significantly more health problems than women, which leads to a life expectancy of approximately 4 years less than their female counterparts. Men have a higher mortality rate from most leading causes of disease and have a higher risk of developing chronic illnesses such as ischaemic heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Australian men also have an increased risk of obesity. Just over 70 per cent of Australian men are overweight or obese, while just over 56 per cent of Australian women are overweight or obese.
When it comes to mental health approximately half of all Australian men will experience a mental illness over their lifetime, yet only a small portion will seek professional help. Men comprise over 75 per cent of all suicides in Australia, and intentional self-harm remains the leading cause of death for men under 54 years of age.
If you’re a man or you want to help a man close to you, one simple thing you can do is to make an appointment to see a GP. If you don’t currently have a regular GP, ask around, find out who some of your mates see. Find one that you like and stick with them! Seeing a GP is an excellent first step to better health as they can advise you on physical and mental health problems and refer you on to specialists if needed.
The following are some options you may like to implement in your workplace:
- Download Men’s Health Pack and share with your staff - http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/men/Publications/mens-health-brochure
- Book an interactive group training workshop on Mens Health through SMGH - https://www.smghealth.com.au/
- Organise onsite health checks targeted at men across all age groups through SMGH - https://www.smghealth.com.au/
If you or someone you know need crisis support Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.