By Francesco Poci June 12, 2020
With Men’s Health Week coming up (July 15-21), I’ve been thinking about some of the widely-held misperceptions about the average male’s attitude to health, and how they might be addressed.
There is no doubt that in many countries, including Australia, men have poorer overall health outcomes and shorter life expectancy than women. In this country, for instance, males are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and injuries than females, and prostate cancer takes a heavy toll. These deaths are very often preventable.
Men are similarly over-represented in mental health statistics. The suicide rate is three times higher for males. Help is available, but sadly, 72 per cent of males simply do not seek assistance.
It would be wrong to conclude that men do not care about their health. My clinical experience tells me that in fact, men think about their health and want to talk about it. They can experience great relief from those discussions and their health outcomes benefit.
Here are some tips, based on research, that can help men seek support:
Some questions and considerations men might do well to take on board:
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