It’s men’s health month! In June each year, the whole world brings every man into focus and raises awareness on health issues affecting them.
Because it’s rare for the male species to pause and check their health, thinking there are more important things to do, Australia along with other nations take it upon themselves to celebrate Men’s Health Week every year.
From the 15th to 21st June, all communities in Australia will work together to improve the wellbeing of men and boys alike. Families, schools, workplaces, healthcare institutions and government agencies are one in recognising the importance of early detection and treatment of various diseases that threaten the lives of men.
A man’s existence is essential to society. He is the pillar of his family. His invaluable contribution to the workforce is what keeps businesses and the whole economy going. His strength is superior to that of the other species. But like everything else in this world, his vigor and tenacity will eventually wane if they’re not taken good care of.
It’s no secret that males have a poorer state of health than females and they die earlier. Considering the fact that most men perform manual labour and operate heavy equipment on a day-to-day basis, they’re more likely to be killed in the workplace.
Having said that, Men’s Health Week 2020 focuses on activities and discussions that will help uplift the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all men and boys. It’s also worth noting that whatever transpires in this year’s celebration will be a massive contribution to the Department of Health’s National Men’s Health Strategy, a decade long program that will run from 2020 to 2030, which is committed to developing a plan of action to improve the overall health of men and boys.
What Health Conditions are Common in Men?
Coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, lung cancer and bowel cancer are the leading causes of deaths in men, according to a 2018 study conducted by the government in relation to its National Men’s Health Strategy. They are also highly susceptible to the following:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
What Happens During Men’s Health Week?
All sectors of the community, from health and social services to educational and business institutions, take part in the yearly event to share valuable information that will help prevent health issues that put the health of men on the line.
Educational materials that contain ways on how to detect and seek treatment for an illness are disseminated. Supportive messages are also sent out through various communication platforms like social media, onstage presentations, or speeches courtesy of key figures in the health space or other industries.
Men are encouraged to talk to their families and friends about potential symptoms of a disease that may be manifesting in them. They are constantly reminded that they are not alone in their battles and it’s completely okay to relax and rely on the help of others.
There will also be physical activities for every fun-loving man and boy. They can engage in these individually or with their families. Whatever we do in this week-long event is targeted at helping the men and boys in our lives achieve healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives.