This week, June 14-20, Australian organisations are focusing on the sometimes-overlooked realities of male health and wellbeing, highlighted by Men’s Health Week 2021.
Lifeline data shows that nine Australians take their own lives every day, which is more than double the national road toll. A staggering 75 per cent of those lives are men.
Synergy People pride ourselves on our continual focus on health and wellbeing, which is a key point of difference from traditional recruitments firms in supplying and maintaining workforces throughout Australia.
Cherry Mescia, Synergy People’s Workforce Coordinator, spends a large part of his week travelling from site to site, managing and supporting our people in all aspects of their roles – wellness being a key focus. This week, the Synergy People team hosted a range of Men’s Health Week-focused toolbox talks and sessions, supporting and educating men about the importance and available options to address health and wellbeing concerns.
“We are always focused on health and wellbeing. Each morning, whether it be at a toolbox talk or simply in passing, I am sounding out how our people are fairing up for the day. If someone appears to be having a hard time, or I can pick up that there might be more to the story, I’m not afraid to have what has traditionally been perceived as a ‘tough conversation” explains Cherry.
While there are a wide range of medical and professional options available for men, Synergy People recognises that some prefer a gentler approach to identifying and addressing their wellbeing and mental health.
“The reality is that these aren’t tough conversations at all. These are the conversations we need to be having and are not afraid to have. There is an ever-increasing range of grassroots men’s support services available out there, and this is something we emphasise for all of our workforces, right through to our own people in-house”.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com
- Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774
Grassroots groups for men to connect:
- Mr Perfect runs 70 free barbecues every month across Australia
- Tough Guy Book Club meets on the first Wednesday every month at 43 locations
- Mates In Construction targets men working in construction, building and the energy sectors
- Are You Bogged, Mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush
- The Men’s Table began in 2011 with 12 men who have met once a month for dinner ever since. With meetings around the country it creates a sense of belonging, community, peer support and camaraderie
- Grab Life By The Balls may be for you if going for a hamburger and a beer is more your style. They run laid-back events for men to connect, hang out, and be themselves with regular coffee, BBQ and burger nights
- The Men’s Shed has almost 1,000 sheds and is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations
RESOURCES SOURCE: ABC