Shining the spotlight on Men’s health and wellbeing this June
Western Australian men and their family and friends, are being encouraged to check in on their own and others’ mental health during Men’s Health Week.
Every June, Men's Health Week provides the platform for raising awareness and profile of key issues in men's health needs around Australia.
In Western Australia, three out of four deaths by suicide are male so the Mental Health Commission will be using the week to highlight mental health issues and their affect on many Western Australian men. The Mental Health Commission will be sharing a series of stories and videos on their Facebook page during the week.
The theme, Men and Families: Making Healthy Connections explores the different healthy connections men and families and friends can make to support their health and wellbeing.
“As a bloke there are a lot of societal pressures to be strong emotionally and not to show how you are really feeling. So it’s easy to ignore or hide emotions and not deal with them, but doing this can poorly affect our mental health and wellbeing,” Mental Health Commissioner Timothy Marney said.
“Connecting and communicating with friends, family and loved ones about what we are feeling, whether it be physical or emotional feelings, is just one simple way we can look after our wellbeing.”
Men’s Health Week takes place across Australia from 11-17 June 2018.
For information on mental health, symptoms and signs to look out for, and where to get help and support visit www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au
For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling, Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978 or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14.