STOP SUICIDE: Disturbing statistics prompt campaign
A LOT of Australian men have been brought up to believe it's not manly to have feelings or to talk about them, and it's showing.
Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the number of men who die by suicide every year is nearly double the Australian road toll.
Blokes, on average, account for six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia according to Beyond Blue.
This means Aussie men are three times more likely to take their own lives than Australian women.
Thankfully, an international campaign has been launched to work towards men expressing their feelings.
This year, international Men's Health Week falls from Monday, June 10 to Sunday, June 16, and is a time for men to reflect on just how well they look after themselves.
Under the umbrella of men's health falls both physical and mental health. Both are equally as important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and living a long, healthy, and happy life.
Yet when looking at the statistics mentioned above, it becomes obvious we don't all think this way or value our mind's health.
Another way to look at the importance of actively maintaining your health is to imagine yourself as a car. We all know a regular maintenance is what keeps our cars running well. Whether this is checking your oil and water weekly, or your regular service. We also know regular check ups in the long-term will prevent expensive and urgent measures to keep our cars from falling apart or breaking down. If things don't seem okay with our car, we know to pop the hood, take a peek, and book in for a service as soon as possible.
Although a lot of Aussie blokes are pretty good at checking in on their car, and their families or mates cars, they're not always so great at doing the same for their own health. Physically or mentally.
In order for us to get the best out of our minds and bodies, and to stay healthy, we really should pay more attention to regularly looking after ourselves. We need to have long term health plans in place to prevent a build up over time. These build ups over time can result in burning out or having a breakdown; whether physical or mental.
These can be quite expensive, time consuming, and could have easily been avoided. Much like if your car breaks down because you haven't had a service or checked your oil for six months.
So if you take active measures to invest in and take care of your car, why not make an effort to do the same for yourself?
This is what international Men's Health Week is all about. Raising awareness of the importance of making an active effort to look after your well being. And, to prevent long term expensive, and possibly detrimental health problems.
So this Men's Health Week why not take some time out to check up on yourself, your mates, and your family. Especially if you know they're the kind of blokes who would never reach out for a chat when going through a bit of a rough spot.