Taking place in the national Men’s Health Week from the 12-18th of June, the Australian Men’s Shed Association will run a mental health event, “Spanner in the Works?” in 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 Bermagui event will give men an opportunity to attend a health screening and receive general advice on a walk-in basis, without appointments, in a friendly environment. The doctors and nurses from Lighthouse Surgery have generously given up their free time to allow the event to take place. Spanner in the Works Bermagui will address the need for men to visit general practitioners.
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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