Today marks the beginning of Men’s Health Week and this year we have decided to launch a social media campaign in hopes of raising awareness about what the week represents, whilst also advertising various services available to men.
Men suffer from multiple diseases and disorders at a higher rate than what women do, including diseases that do not affect women at all. Some of these include:
- Heart Disease (57% of deaths are male)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Lung Cancer (60% of deaths are male)
- Testicular and Prostate Cancer
- Depression and Suicide (75% of deaths are male)
- Colon and Rectum Cancer
- Accidental Injuries (men are twice as likely as women to die)
- Liver and Kidney Disease
- Blood and Lymph Cancers (58% of deaths are male)
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Skin Cancer
- HIV and AIDS
- Strokes (Healthline, 2021)
To help provide support for men who suffer from various illnesses, there have been a number of organisations initiated including:
- Men’s Line
- Men’s Health Down Under
- Men’s Health Clinic Australia
- Australian Men’s Health Forum
- Men’s Link
- Regional Men’s Health Initiative
- MATES in Construction, and
- many more.
Mental health is a very serious illness and becoming more prevalent among men, especially concerning suicide and addiction.
The following services are available to individuals:
- Head to Health
- Beyond Blue
- Black Dog Institute
- Blue Knot Foundation
- Butterfly Foundation
One of our volunteers shared some wise words about his experiences:
“Boys and men also find it very difficult to open up about physical or mental health issues they might have, which makes it harder for them to rely on support from their friends, family and community and ultimately preventing them from bouncing back during hard times.
One of the biggest issues for boys and men is isolation; it is really easy now to become isolated from friends and family, and then to be easily influenced about how you should look, act and think which may grind against your real values.
From a personal perspective, I realised I was falling into similar traps, and that if I didn’t start being proactive now about my diet, physical and mental health, that there would be significant issues to address later on in life. In 2016 when I moved to Melbourne I realised I had to become more proactive for my health and so I began taking more regular check-ups with my doctor, dentist and even psychologists during challenging times like hard break-ups and career changes.”
To provide organisations with the skills to recognise and help their employees with mental health issues including suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and addiction, St John Ambulance ACT delivers Mental Health and Crisis Support Training. For more information about this course click here.
Head to our social media pages over the next week as we begin to share some statistics, training information, and relevant profiles about men’s health.