In the lead up to the national Men’s Health Week from the 12-18th of June, the Australian Men’s Shed Association will bring a mental health event, “Spanner in the Works?” to NSW. The event is a part of the men’s health program and is designed to promote awareness of male mental health issues, urging men to think of servicing themselves the same way they would their cars; asking men, ‘when was your last service?’
The event will take place at the Albury North Manual Activities Centre, which along with the Albury/Wodonga Campus of Charles Sturt University, is an organiser of the event and a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.
Those attending the event will be assessed by a group of university students before receiving their personal Men’s Health Tool Box. The Tool Box will also come with a “goodies bag” of shed suitable items. Lunch and afternoon tea will also be provided by the event.
To attend the event, attendees MUST make a booking to allow for the organizers to determine numbers for catering etc. To make a booking, phone 0400 932 162 or contact the event organizer Ron Lutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Health Week is an important seven days no matter where you are in the world. From June the 12-18th the nation will stand in solidarity with Australian men, recognizing the significance of men’s mental health issues while promoting awareness of the male approach to health.
Statistics have shown that more males will commit suicide, that more males will die at every stage of life and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females of the same age.
Although men are experiencing shorter and less healthy lives, they are still less likely to visit medical practitioners. The precedent has been set that men are not concerned with their own mental health, or that the available health services are not engaging with men effectively.
Men’s Health Week seeks to resolve these issues by raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging the early detection and treatment of physical and mental diseases among men and boys. Since the 2000’s Men’s Health Week has operated in Australia, opening a forum for the discussion of the issues central to men’s health within the nation.
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