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20-11-2016

The Movember Foundation is highlighting the concerning statistics in Australia regarding mental health and suicide for men. An estimated 1 in 2 Australian men have a mental health problem at some point in their lives, 1 in 8 men will experience depression in their lifetime and on average 6 men each day take their life through suicide in Australia.

Maintaining your mental health is important,  some of the suggested methods include :

 

  • Doing things that make you feel great and help de-stress, learn to relax with activities like gardening, reading, listening to music or exercising
  • Spending time with friends
  • Sharing what is going on, especially when overwhelmed. Learn how to let people know about your feelings so that you can resolve personal conflicts as they come up. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist can help find strategies to address your problems
  • Take control of your work by avoiding long hours and additional responsibilities
  • Learn to say 'no'. create a balance between work and the things you enjoy doing, don't allow yourself to become overwhelmed by new commitments
  • Include short-term coping strategies in your day, such as breathing and relaxation exercises or try a guided progressive muscle relaxation exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating healthily, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and avoiding harmful levels of alcohol and other drugs all help improve overall wellbeing

Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk of suicide among men. The distress felt at these times can distort thinking, making solutions difficult to see or difficult to connect with those who may be able to support him. Depression and anxiety are conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available

Factors that have been linked to an increased risk of suicide include :

 

  • Previous family or personal history of mental illness
  • Harmful drug or alcohol use
  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Ongoing stressful life situations such as unemployment, relationship difficulties or chronic illness

To speak to someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide call back Service on 1300 659 467

for further information about all the events and promotions for the Movember Month, see movember.com

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