M.E.N. Resource Directories
[Shining the light on Men’s Health & Well-being in Australia]
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Here is an add from the 1950’s…
“One of the best ways Men get to know each other… Lionel Trains”:
Famous Australian Men… The very mention of Australians might bring to your mind the image of a beer guzzling, tanned, fun loving person lounging on the picturesque beaches all day long. From the past many decades Australians, especially men, have had to live with this dumb stereotype that projects them to the world as carefree beach mongers. Ever thought about what Australia would actually be like if Australians actually fit the stereotype? Australia is one of the wealthiest nations of the world and boasts of a high standard of living unmatched by many other countries. This would not have been possible without the relentless hard word, ingenuity, and dedication of the Australian men who gave it their all to build such a wonderful nation.
The Honour Roll recognises past State and Territory and National Award recipients – people who have given a great deal back into the community they serve, such as Jon Rouse…
See who else is on the Honour roll of the AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD website…
Comment – You are not your thoughts:
You are not your pain. You are not your depression or anxiety. You are not your sadness. We all have negative thoughts. We all have sadness and pain, that at times, totally takes over both our minds and our body’s.
Don’t try to push the pain or thoughts away. Sit with the pain and be kind to yourself. Tell your inner self that it’s okay to feel these things. Only then will the pain and feelings leave.
Don’t try to push the pain away with unhealthy things like drugs, alcohol, eating, being busy or excessive exercise. The pain will only get worse if you do this.
Have faith that if you allow yourself to feel the pain and the bad feelings, only then will they leave.
Pain comes in waves. Sometimes these waves can be unexpected and you can be confused and you don’t understand why the pain and bad feelings have come up. Don’t judge them, just allow yourself to feel them.
The quicker you allow yourself the time to process the feelings, the quicker they will leave. Ride the waves. As you get used to doing it, you will realise that the waves of pain/sadness become less frequent and not as strong.
Don’t be afraid.
When they come and you can’t seem to shake them, try to visualise your thoughts washing away and leaving your body.
Stop what you are doing, close your eyes and breathe.
Breathe all the way in and breathe all the way out imagining the thoughts leaving your body.
Remember this will pass. The bad feelings don’t last forever.
Be gentle with yourself and remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
Remind yourself that it’s normal to have negative thoughts and that we are all our own worst critic.
Try to do something small to get out of your own head.
Take a warm shower, make a warm drink, go to gym, call someone to talk. Anything that will ease the noise of your own mind.
Talk to someone or write down your thoughts and feelings. Get them out. Leaving them in, will only make them fester and get worse.
Remember you are not your thoughts. You are loved more than you will ever know and you are not a burden.
People love you and people want you here, no matter what your mind tells you. Sometimes we need to just forget about today and try again tomorrow.
A new website to outline the important facts that every Aussie bloke needs to consider… and for some, to act. Here is a rundown of the points presented on the Australian Men’s Health Forum Website;
- 3 out of 4 suicides are men… [Male suicides up 10% in 2017].
- Men experience 60% of smoking related diseases
- Aussie men should think about later-in-life goals
- Waist circumference over 94cm… increased risks
- Kids eat what their Dad’s eat… be a Role model
- 9 out of 10 young men have never smoked
- Having 3 good mates leads to a healthier life
- 1 out of 10 blokes is a carer to a family or friend
- Prostate cancer will kill over 3500 men in 2018
- 1 out of 3 men ARE victims of family violence…
- Talk to a mate… BEFORE it gets too much…
- Healthy Men always support other men…
- Dad’s are the best at helping other Dad’s…
- Abused males have barriers… so listen & help
- On average – men die 6 years younger than women
- Men surviving sexual abuse can recover…
- YOU are responsible for your well-being…
- 1 in 5 men experience erectile dysfunction
- The finger is no longer routine prostate screening
- 1 in 4 male suicides is linked to separation…
- over 50% of separated Dad’s feel suicidal…
- 1 in 7 Aussie males have prostate problems
- Men chat to men BEFORE they talk to professionals
- YOU and your MATE… “MAN” time – game-on
- Indigenous men – 10 years shorter life span…
- 2 out of 3 PREVENTABLE deaths are men…
- Body signs… gains, strains, pains… don’t ignore them
- It’s OK to chin wag… even about the small stuff…
- Trust ya mate – talk the walk and walk the talk…
Guidelines for Male Suicide prevention – AIMHS
Men’s Mental Health:
“let’s talk about it”;
Around 1.5 million Australian men aged 18 years and over (17 per cent) had a self-reported mental or behavioural condition in 2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Dr. Paul Jelfs, ABS General Manager of Population and Social Statistics, said that the most common mental or behavioural conditions for Australian men were anxiety-related conditions and depression, with the same proportion of men reporting either of these conditions (both 10 per cent). “It’s important to get more men talking about how they’re feeling, with suicide being the leading cause of death for men aged 15 to 44 years in 2015,” said Dr Jelfs. “As physical health, financial and family stressors can all impact men’s mental health, it is important to stay in contact with people who are going through a stressful time.”
In 2014, 60 per cent of men experienced personal stressors that had affected them, their family, or a close friend. Around 21 per cent of men had experienced a serious illness, 19 per cent reported a death of a family member or close friend, 17 per cent were unable to get a job, and 11 per cent experienced a divorce or separation. “Looking at overall life satisfaction we see that it varies across different groups of men,” said Dr Jelfs. “For example, average life satisfaction is relatively high for men who have children living with them (with an average rating of 7.6 out of 10) but lower for men with a self-reported mental health condition (6.4), unemployed men (7.0) and single fathers (7.0).”