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Men’s Health Week: calling communities to support all men, young and old

Each day in Australia, six out of eight people who take their lives are male. Men’s Health Week  (15-21 June) coordinated by Western Sydney University’s Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre (MHIRC), aims to raise awareness about suicide as the single most pressing issue in society for men and boys.

“There are many factors that contribute to this tragedy, but we know that social isolation, loss of land, relationship breakdown and unemployment are some of the crucial ones. The current pandemic is heightening some of these accumulated life stressors making collective action to prevent suicide essential,” says Dr Neil, Hall, MHIRC Director.

“This Men’s Health Week we are asking people to check in with the men in their lives – pick up the phone, send a text or get together online – to start an important conversation, and to share vital support and health information

“Everybody has a father, son, brother, partner, mentor, friend or colleague who would benefit from positive support. Sometimes men have less opportunity to seek out support and may have difficulty voicing their issues. By communities working together – people of all genders, cultures and ages – we can start to address these issues and improve health outcomes,” said Dr Hall.

This year’s National Men’s Health Week encourages communities and organisations across Australia to come together virtually to raise awareness for men’s health.

Officially launched on 15 June, the initiative supports a community-minded approach to improving the health of men. Throughout June, communities are encouraged to host online events, share information, and simply check in with the men and boys in their lives.

For 24/7 crisis support call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14. For men’s health information and support resources, visit the Men’s Health Week website.

To host or attend an online event during June, visit the Men’s Health Week website.