Men's Health Week

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15 Jun 2022
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Words on men's mental health from Brody - Community Engagement Officer

What advice would you give to someone who is concerned about a mate?

If a mate is showing signs of feeling down or seems worried about something, especially if its frequently or for a few days in a row, a good place to start is by asking them if things are okay in a relaxed or neutral way. If they reply in way that avoids the question or acts as if everything is good, I don’t see any harm in letting them know that they’ve seemed a bit down compared to usual, and that if they ever need to speak to a mate about something troubling them, they should. Good mates care for, and want the best for each other, and the best way to make that work is through communication.

 

What would you say to a young man who is struggling with their mental health?

I’d let him know that he’s not alone, as mental health is a very dynamic aspect of our health, and we all have our own journey which involves points of struggle. A positive side to this is that almost everyone can relate to each other’s struggle in one way or another, so talking about things with someone else can be both validating and therapeutic, for everyone in the conversation!

 

What are three things you do to look after your health?

It’s certainly no joke with the essentials you always hear about. Eating well, getting the best possible sleep, and exercising certainly prove beneficial in keeping me feeling healthy and motivated.

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Words on men's mental health from Seb - Clinical Lead

What advice would you give to someone who is concerned about a mate?

I’d say if you’re concerned about a mate, just tell ‘em. Say “hey man, I’m kinda worried about you, are you doing okay?”. I think opening the conversation and being clear that its coming from a place of care (‘I’m worried about you’), it might be enough to invite your mate to open up some.

 

What would you say to a young man who is struggling with their mental health?

Two things: firstly, you’re not alone. Men’s health week is a perfect time to be having this conversation too- men suffer with mental health challenges, we don’t even necessarily need the points of comparison. You are not alone. You’re a human being and you’re going through something inherently human. Secondly, be cautious of the responses you get around this. Voices that parrot “chin up” or “could be worse…” or any connotations of weakness for experiencing challenges around your mental health- don’t listen to it. As a man working in the field (and who had experienced mental ill-health), these voices can be really damaging to the way we talk about ourselves internally.

 

What are three things you do to look after your health?

I think about looking after myself in different domains. Physically, I try to exercise reasonably frequently, those exercise endorphins really slap. Mentally or emotionally, I try to stay connected to what I need in any given moment. Do I need time away from others to reset and recharge? Do I need to spend time laughing with a homie? Do I need to take my dog on a bushwalk and let him sniff absolutely everything he tries to? I try to tune in to what my body or mind is telling me I need and find a way to lean into it. Lastly, I’m becoming more and more aware of the negative impact that social media can have on us all. From status to body image, from fomo to feeling disconnected, hours of scrolling is super catastrophic for my brain and I *always* feel better moderating my use. Check in with your screen time and notice the impact a reduction has!