So it is that time of year again! The week when we collectively turn our attention to an often-neglected topic—men's health. International Men's Health Week is here, and we at MedAdvisor are passionately backing this essential initiative. There is often a common misconception that men should solve their problems alone, but here at MedAdvisor we think it is about time to debunk that myth! So let's take this journey together and explore why this often forgotten and neglected topic is such an important awareness week and vital to both the physical and mental health of the men in our lives.
We celebrate International Men's Health Week annually, aimed at bringing awareness to health issues that disproportionately affect men. It's an invitation to have vital conversations, particularly around mental health. But why, you might ask, is men's health singled out?
Well, it's no secret that societal expectations often pressure men to be the "strong, silent type." Sadly, these stereotypes can deter men from seeking help when they need it most, especially concerning mental health. That's where the keyword "why is men's health week important" hits home. It's essential because it underscores that it's okay, and indeed crucial, for men to prioritise their health and well-being. We as individuals and a society need the men that we care about to also take care of their own health, without stress, worry or fear of judgment.
Mark your calendars! Every year, International Men's Health Week takes place in the middle of June, the week of the 12th - 18th. It's a global initiative—after all, men's health matters everywhere. It's a heartening sight to see countries from all corners of the world rallying to raise "international men's health week" awareness.
Let's roll up our sleeves and see how we can contribute! Your voice matters in helping shatter the stigma around men's mental health. Share posts on your social media, or start a conversation within your community. Consider supporting fantastic organizations dedicated to men's mental health, like Beyond Blue.
Remember, support doesn't always have to be a big grand gesture—it starts with simple acts of kindness. To be honest, those little acts of kindness and compassion are the things that add up and make all of the difference in someone's life! Reach out to the amazing men in your life and ask, genuinely, how they're doing (and actually listen to understand). Hold space for them with absolutely no judgment and show them that you are actually here for them in a way that many of them are there for you.
We asked around to see how family, friends and colleagues could support men if different ways.
Graphic Designer, MedAdvisor
Speaking of stigma, let's delve a little deeper. There's a considerable taboo surrounding men expressing vulnerability, leading many to suffer in silence. It's a narrative we must change. It begins with promoting open discussions about men's health, both physical and mental, and emphasizing that seeking help isn't a sign of weakness but rather, a strength.
National Key Account Manager
We as a whole at MedAdvisor second that seeking out support rather than dealing with physical and mental challenges alone is the way to go!
You have the power to make a difference within your circles. Encourage openness about mental health among your friends, family, and colleagues. Be the one to ask, "Hey, how are you really doing?" These heartfelt conversations can be life-changing and potentially life-saving. You will never actually know what is going on in the minds of those around us.
Wayne Marinoff, the Sales & Marketing Executive General Manager at MedAdvisor, emphasizes the significance of prioritizing his own mental health through the following practices:
Executive GM - Sales & Marketing at MedAdvisor
Wayne highlights that these practices serve as a starting point, and individuals can learn from them to explore and personalize their own mental health strategies.
At MedAdvisor, we understand that men's health needs are unique, and we're committed to supporting you every step of the way. Beyond International Men's Health Week, our dedication is unwavering. We offer tailored support through our easy-to-use medication management app, designed to streamline your healthcare journey, taking the stress out of medication management. One less thing that the men in your life have to think and worry about. This app isn't just about convenience; it's about empowering you to take control of your health. To discover more about how MedAdvisor is revolutionizing healthcare for men, visit our services page. We're with you, today and every day.
As a business we truly believe in supporting the amazing men that make MedAdvisor possible, we asked around to see how they felt supported, and this is what they said.
UX Manager, MedAdvisor
If you or someone you know is in need of support, there are several places in Australia specifically designed to help you or the men in your life.
Beyond Blue (website: www.beyondblue.org.au, phone: 1300 22 4636) offers immediate support and resources for mental health.
MensLine Australia (website: www.mensline.org.au, phone: 1300 78 99 78) is a telephone and online counseling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
The Black Dog Institute (website: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au) provides resources and research for mood disorders like depression. Reach out; remember, you're not alone, and help is always available.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (website: www.prostate.org.au, phone: 1800 22 00 99) provides support, information and resources to men diagnosed with or concerned about prostate cancer.
Heart Foundation Helpline (website: www.heartfoundation.org.au, phone: 13 11 12) provides information about heart disease, the leading cause of death for men in Australia.
Cancer Council Helpline (website: www.cancer.org.au, phone: 13 11 20) provides information and support related to all types of cancer, including those more prevalent in men, like lung and colorectal cancer.
When it comes to men who may be hesitant to seek help for their mental health, Richard Tregunna, Business Development Manager - Health Programs, shares his advice.
BDM - Health Programs, MedAdvisor
Taking that first step towards seeking help can have a profound impact on one's mental well-being and overall quality of life.
As we wrap up, let's take a moment to appreciate the importance of what we've discussed. International Men's Health Week isn't just a date on the calendar—it's a global commitment to bettering men's health. Whether it's spreading awareness or starting a conversation, each effort counts. So, join us in this cause and remember, it's okay to speak up, it's okay to seek help, and it's essential to take care of your health. Because every man, including you, matters.