Men’s Health Week urges men to focus on biggest killer
‘Know your man’s facts’ is the message urging men and boys to pay more attention to their health, as new survey finds heart disease the leading killer of men in Australia, with four deaths in Australia. five under 65.
The research, published for Men’s Health Week next week, shows that a man dies from heart disease every hour. He also revealed that three in four suicides are male, that more than 50% of separated fathers feel suicidal and that one in four male suicides is linked to the separation of the relationship.
Director of the Men’s Health Information and Resource Center Neil Hall said that during the month of June the annual men’s initiative will celebrate and remind the men in our lives of the importance of exams and regular screening.
“Helping men achieve good health is a goal we can all work on. A simple conversation with friends can be the start of something positive, so we encourage everyone to get involved.
“It can be by hosting an event to raise awareness, picking up a loved one’s phone, or sharing resources and information,” Hall said.
Launched in the United States in 1994, Men’s Health Week in Australia will be held from June 14 to 20 of this year.
“Our research found that young men are starting to ask for help and advice more freely, but more needs to be done to help all men seek help when they need it,” Hall added.
Men’s Health Week has also partnered with PlaySport, an online marketplace for sports, leisure and wellness activities.
PlaySport CEO Jack Mansfield said they are proud to encourage greater connection and participation in local experiences for the male community through the initiative.
“We strongly believe that connecting through sports, recreation and wellness dramatically improves mental health outcomes for every individual,” Mansfield said.
Among the conclusions, all was not gloomy. Research has also found that children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if their father does, and therefore are encouraged to be healthy role models.