It’s healthy to talk – have a conversation this Men’s Health Week
Deakin offers a range of services to help students and staff stay healthy and safe – physically, mentally and spiritually.
This week is Men’s Health Week (Monday 11 – Sunday 17 June 2018) and we’re encouraging all men to start a conversation about their health and wellbeing with someone they trust. The simple act of sharing a concern might turn your life around.
It’s important and normal to talk about how you’re feeling, so have a chat with someone you trust if something’s not quite right.
For many different reasons, men often feel they can’t talk about their own physical health or emotions. Maybe you’re battling through, ignoring warning signs and just hoping your problems will go away. But having a chat to someone in your family, a mate in class or at work, at band practise or the local sporting club, can stop a minor problem turning into something bigger.
Here are some important things to remember this week.
- You are not alone: many men experience problems with their health. It’s important to monitor your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, as well as mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
- Be informed. Having knowledge about potential problems is a good way to help avoid them. Have a look at the Men’s Health Week fact sheets and information booklets.
- Don’t ignore change. Go and see your doctor if you’ve noticed something new or concerning.
If you need support, we’re here to help.
- Book in for a free, confidential appointment at Deakin Medical Centres. You can ask any questions you might have about your health or something that’s concerning you.
- Make an appointment with a counsellor from the Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) team.
- Read about how other students are feeling on our Ask Counselling blog.
For more information and resources, check out Beyond Blue, Movember’s website and podcasts or Headspace.