Updated: Jun 19, 2021
In Australia, 1 in 8 men experience depression and 1 in 5 men experience anxiety. Men make up an average of 7 out of 9 suicides each day. They are also 3 times more likely to become dependent on alcohol and other drugs. Despite this, men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women, largely due to the stigma that exists around men’s mental health.
In addition to this, statistics also confirm that men typically receive harsher sentencing in family and criminal courts, experience much higher early mortality rates, are 4 times more likely to die from heart disease and are more prone to workplace related accidents and death.
We need change. So how can we support the health of men and boys?
We can start by making space for open, honest and supportive conversation.
We need to address the stigma by reassuring the men in our lives that speaking up about their mental health is a sign of strength - not weakness - and actively encouraging them to seek professional support when they are struggling. We also need more support, resources, representation in courts and fairer laws in place for men and dads.
Research shows us that happy relationships benefit our mental, emotional and physical health. Positive relationships can also lower the risk of mental illness such as depression. This is why it is important that men not only prioritise their own health, but also look out for and support each other.
A message to the men out there – your health matters.
Check in with your friends.
Check in with your loved ones.
Check in with yourself.
Hills Relationship Centre values men’s health. We understand that the relationships we have, both with ourselves and others, can play a big role in our overall health, wellbeing and happiness. We have a team of dedicated counsellors who are here to help you by offering you a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space.
If you or someone you know need urgent or crisis support, visit your GP or contact the numbers below.
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636