Men’s Health Week to focus on connection

This year’s national Men’s Health Week led by Western Sydney University will see communities and organisations across Australia unite under the theme of, ‘Connecting for Men’s Health’.

To be held 14-20 June, 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 the month of June, members of the community 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 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,” said Dr Hall.

“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, who at the grassroots level provide a range of important support services to men and their families.

To assist people in finding these activities, Men’s Health Week has partnered with PlaySport — an online platform that connects people with sport, recreation and wellbeing programs nationwide.

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,” said Dr George.

“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.”

PlaySport CEO, Jack Mansfield, said: “PlaySport is proud to be supporting Men’s Health Week to encourage greater connection and participation in local experiences for our male community. We strongly believe that connection through sports, rec and wellbeing activities significantly improves mental health outcomes for every individual.”

Men’s Health Week coincides with the launch of Western Sydney University’s Centre for Male Health which brings together strengths and expertise across research, engagement, and male health advocacy, policy, and information.

For men’s health information and support resources, please visit the Men’s Health Week website .

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

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