1 in 2 Men will experience mental health in their lifetime.
1 in 8 Men
1 in 8Men will experience depression in their lifetime.
6 out of 8
suicides in Australia are Men
1 in 5
Men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Men will be living with Prostate Cancer by 2030.
7 in 10 Men
Australia men are living with a chronic health condition
2 in 10 Men
will be diagnosed with testicular cancer before the age of 60
Here’s what some people had to say…
Congratulations on an awesome day! It’s great to see an event like this one put men’s health back on the agenda. Having battled cancer it was great to be apart of an event encourages men to speak about their health and talk to a mate. Looking forward to the next It’s a Blokes Lunch event.
A fantastic event! It was really great to be apart of such a very special afternoon with the focus on men’s health, can’t wait for next year.
What a great event, looking forward to continuing to support this very special initiative.
Congratulations on the It’s a Blokes Lunch event, it was a great arvo out with great messages throughout. Having dealt with mental health in my past it was great to see it discussed so openly in a room full of men.
When it comes to men's health, the statistics are harrowing.
- Australian men die 6 years earlier than women. - 1 in 2 Men will experience mental health in their lifetime. - 1 in 8 Men will experience depression in their lifetime. - 6 out of 8 suicides in Australia are Men - 1 in 5 Men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. - 1.7 Million Men will be living with Prostate Cancer by 2030. - Testicular cancer strikes early in Australia Men - 7 in 10 Australia men are living with a chronic health condition
These statistics represent blokes in my life. Blokes such as workmates, footy mates, schoolmates, patients, friends, uncles, brothers & fathers (including my own), grandfathers, and even myself.
That being said, these statistics, however, don't tell the story of many Aussie blokes. Many Aussies blokes that even when diagnosed with a health condition physical or mental remain suffering in silence.
They stay silent because they don't know where to turn to, feel it's weak to speak up or seek help or in some cases have been let down by a healthcare system that has been identified by leaders within our communities as inadequate in supporting men.
Whilst 'awareness' is a great start. We now need 'awareness' to turn to 'action' and 'support' of Men's Health, and of all blokes within our community!
We are doing our part by starting the shoulder to shoulder conversations amongst blokes and within the community. As well as building, launching, and supporting health initiatives to help men. We now need our leaders, medical & health industries, business leaders, and local communities to support the men within our communities!
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Jacqui Whiteford, an It's a Blokes Lunch attend shares her experience.
"I think it's really important that men look into their health, all health, especially their emotional health. Growing up my father lost siblings to suicide, I had a loss this week, another man to suicide. I think it's really important for us as women in the community to say it's ok for the men in the community to open up, and show us they're vulnerable and we allow them to be who they are so they can address their emotional needs. If in doubt, speak up, speak to your partners so they go and get the help they need".
Sean O'Shannassy, an It's a Blokes Lunch attendee shares his experience.
"I think men's health is something as a man, I'm invested in, so talking to other people and hearing other people's stories is a good way to look at your own health and own issues and know you're not alone".
Julian O'Brien editor from the Illawarra Mercury shares his experience of this years It's a Blokes Lunch event.
"Another great opportunity to tell the stories of men's health and get men talking about their health. The more we can get men talking and realising it's not a bad thing to talk to other blokes about their health the better".
Lincoln Humphries Win Network newsreader for the QLD news desk and emcee for this years It's a Blokes Lunch shares his experience.
"I think the big take away from me is, Yes, we are raising awareness that's very important. But it's about finding what that catalyst to action is for everyone here and what it takes to use that and actually take some action for their health. Whether it be physical or mental, it does not matter, to turn that awareness into action is what today's all about".