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Men's Health Week

Did you know that on average 6 out of 8 suicides in Australia are men?

That 1 in 8 men will experience depression and 2 in 5 will experience anxiety (BeyondBlue) at some point in their lives?

Men are infamous for bottling up emotions and being strong superheroes, but this has a significant effect on their overall health. This means the health status of boys and men in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than women and girls of the same age.

Improving men’s health is a group process involving everyone around in our community. Here are a few general tips from Men’s Health Magazine that have been put together over the years:

· Tilt your rear-view mirror up – Just enough to prompt you into sitting up straighter while you drive. It’s better for your back and makes it easier to check your blind spots.

· Never eat out of the original container – This allows you to track your meal portions more accurately.

· Get your Prostate checked! – This isn’t called ‘the overlooked disease’ for nothing.

· Drink Green Tea – Green tea is high in antioxidants and may help prevent prostate cancer, lower risk of heart disease and many other health benefits.

There are others and they are all good things to think about.

There is no shortage of advice on how to take care of the boys and men in our community and the information seems to never end. Ultimately, it’s important that we show we care and support them. We all enjoy our own thing, whether that’s going for a walk or eating better or hanging out with your mates. Good mental health is linked closely with our physical health so take care and do your best!

Resources:

beyondblue.org.au/media/statistics

https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a19539221/best-mh-tips/

Do you need emergency help?

NT Mental Health Line


Ph: 1800 682 288

Lifeline


Ph: 13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

Emergency Services


Ph: 000

Kids Helpline


Ph: 1800 55 1800

www.kidshelpline.com.au

Suicide Call Back Service


Ph: 1300 659 467

Headspace


Ph: 1800 650 890

www.headspace.org.au