It is important men make use of health services to find out before it's too late if problems exist.
15 June 2020
Men’s Health Week is a good reminder to check in with the men in your life to ask how they’re going. The week aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems impacting men and boys, encouraging early detection and treatment of disease.
From bushfires and hailstorms to the global COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been tough on the mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community.
Understandably these events have caused stress and uncertainty. Some may have lost their jobs, had to physically isolate themselves, or may be coping with the loss of a loved one.
With so many issues that could be affecting men right now, it can be difficult to know how to help, but now is not the time to stay silent.
To help you reach out to a male in your life who might be struggling, Movember have developed a free online tool to guide you through those tricky conversations. Movember Conversations will teach you how to get talking, how to be a good listener and how to create trust and openness with someone who might be having a hard time. With scenarios tailored to real life experiences, the online tool is relatable and easy to use.
While meaningful conversations can make a real difference to a person’s mental health and wellbeing, sometimes more support is needed. If you or someone you know is struggling or not coping with day to day life, free and confidential help is available for men and boys in the ACT who would like to talk to someone about their mental health:
- Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
- MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Menslink: 6287 2226
- Access Mental Health: 1800 629 354
A visit to the GP is also a good place to start, as they can help with referrals to mental health professionals, prescription of medications or lifestyle advice that can all make a big difference.
There is never a wrong time to speak up or reach out. So ask your dad, brother, husband, boyfriend, son, or friend if they’re okay.
For more information about mental health and wellbeing visit the ACT Health website.