This year’s national Men’s Health Week will see communities and organisations across Australia unite under the theme of ‘Connecting for Men’s Health’.
To be held from June 14 to 20, the annual initiative will raise awareness for the health and wellbeing of men and boys by encouraging connections through family, community, culture, and mateship and by highlighting essential health services.
During June, community members will be encouraged to host or attend an event, share a positive message online about the men in their lives, or reconnect with their close mates.
According to Dr Neil Hall from the Centre for Male Health, Men’s Health Week, led by Western Sydney University, is an important time to reconnect and refocus on the health of men and boys.
“Supporting men to achieve good health is something we can all work towards – a simple conversation between friends can be the start of something positive, so we’re encouraging everyone to get involved,” Dr Hall said.
“It might be through hosting an event to create awareness, through to picking up the phone to a loved one or sharing resources and information.
“Our research has found that young men are starting to seek help and advice more freely but more needs to be done to support all men to reach out for help when they need it.”
In addition, the initiative will also spotlight local men’s groups, including Men’s Walk & Talk, Men’s Table, and Men’s Sheds, which at the grassroots level provide a range of essential support services to men and their families.
Men’s Health Week has partnered with PlaySport – an online app that connects people with sport, recreation and well-being programs nationwide to help people find these activities.
Dr Emma George from the Centre for Male Health said these organisations play a vital role in improving health outcomes for men.
“This year’s initiative will highlight the important role men’s support networks can play and the practical steps men can take towards achieving better mental and physical health,” Dr George said.
“By creating environments in which men feel supported and empowered, we can encourage open conversations about mental and physical health and the importance of connecting with health services.
“We would love to see more conversations taking place around the country this June.”
Men’s Health Week coincides with the launch of Western Sydney University’s Centre for Male Health, which brings together expertise across research, engagement and male health advocacy, policy, and information.