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Men’s Health Week 2021: it takes a team to tackle your wellbeing

This year’s Men’s Health Week campaign is focused on 'Connecting for Men’s Health' with the aim of sparking discussion while developing ideas and events that “connect and work together across genders, cultures and communities.” 

17 Jun 2021

St John of God Pinelodge Clinic shine a light on Men's Health Week in 2021

Each year during the second week of June we are reminded about the importance of raising awareness for men’s health. Why? That’s a good question. It's one that can only be answered by pointing out that in most countries, including Australia, the health status of men is usually poorer than that of women.

There are many reasons why this is; men tend to be involved in more accidents, men frequent professional health services less than women do and possibly most importantly, men are three times more likely to take their own life than women are.

In fact the data is yet to be released for the 2020 pandemic year with regard to suicide rates, but in 2019 alone a record number of men (2,502) took their own lives - a figure that has shockingly risen by more than 40 per cent over the past 10 years.

St John of God Pinelodge Clinic psychologist Peter Watt agrees that it’s important to raise awareness so men can feel supported in all aspects of their health and believes Men’s Health Week is a great way to start the conversation.

There can be some apprehension among men to seek help when they need it and therefore, it’s important that we not only find ways to educate men on what help is available to them, it’s vital that we make these services easier to access as well.

The key to improving men’s health lies in creating better connections and support networks with health professionals and peers. This year we are being encouraged to build teams of people who can help look after our health – that might include friends, family, sporting clubs, colleagues, doctors, physios, trainers, mental health experts and dietitians, so in the event something goes wrong with your health, already having a team of people on hand can help make managing challenging times a little easier.

From 14 to 20 June, people are being encouraged to share a positive message about a man in their life and tag #menshealthweek in their posts. Men are also suggested to get in touch with three best mates to help avoid social isolation, host a community event or ask for help if they need it.

For anyone who needs a more tailored approach to their health, St John of God Pinelodge Clinic has a 54-bed private mental health hospital which offers a supportive, respectful and relaxed environment that promotes wellbeing and recovery for people experiencing depression, mood disorders, anxiety or psychosis.

Its multidisciplinary team provides expert care through programs that are individually designed to meet a person’s needs in an inpatient and/or outpatient setting. For more information, contact your GP for a referral, or call Pinelodge Clinic on (03) 8793 9444. 

There are also a number of free services aimed and supporting men’s health available:

  • Lifeline Australia: 13 11 44
  • Head to Health: Headtohealth.gov.au
  • MensLine Australia (online counselling and forum for men): 1300 78 99 78
  • Dads in Distress (peer support for separated dads) 1300 853 437
  • SANE Australia (people living with a mental illness): 1800 187 263 or chat online at sane.org