In addition to this week being refugee week it is also Mens Health Week. This year the theme is ‘MOMENTS IN TIME’ recognising that every individual, family and community can find health-giving opportunities despite the many and varied challenges, barriers and obstacles to better health that life puts in the way.
Each year nearly 2000 men die by suicide in Australia. Whilst women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, men are less likely to talk about it and seek help. It can be difficult to ask for help or to find the time to make changes in your life to prioritise your health and wellbeing, by making small changes in your everyday life. You might make some time in your week to go for a run, surf or enjoy an activity you love but don’t often get to do. Or you might order grilled fish rather than battered next time you go out for a meal. People often think big when making changes and then they can’t find the time or resources to make them happen and give up. Making small choices slowly will help you reach the bigger goal of a healthier life one step at a time.
Another way to help you make some important healthy choices for yourself is to find local events where members of the community come together to more on a goal. This week, being Men’s Health Week there are a number of events happening across Australia to help promote health and connect with men, boys and their families in ways that makes it fun, engaging and positive for everyone.
This weekend if you are in Newcastle you could join the weekly Lakeview Park run. Held at Greenpoint Reserve the run is open to anyone, it’s free, 5km and is easy to take part in. If you want more information about this run or other events available across Australia then check out the details on the Mens Health Week Site.