19.3 C
Byron Shire
May 22, 2024

Men give health the cold shoulder: study

Latest News

Fatal crash near Coffs

Three people have been involved in a horrifying crash today, leaving two dead and one in critical condition, police said. 

Other News

Hundreds of DV arrests across state

Police have charged more than 550 people during a four-day operation targeting the state’s most dangerous domestic and family violence offenders.

We Like to Tiki: Caper festival closing party this Sunday

North Byron Hotel is the official watering hole of Caper Byron Bay Food & Culture Festival 2024. To celebrate...

2022 flood & DAs

At  Byron Council’s meeting on April 18, we didn’t get time to deal with Report 14.1 which contained formal...

Pickleball takes Alstonville by storm as new courts open

Alstonville now boasts tournament-standard pickleball courts that opened to an enthusiastic crowd and players last Saturday despite the rain.

Protect the beach and coast

The last time my late father visited Byron Bay, I saw a tear roll down his cheek as he...

Spice Palace: a mecca for Middle Eastern dips and spice mixes

Victoria Cosford The business was a natural fit for Bec and Tom, new owners for the past few months, of...

Three-quarters of Australian blokes don't know the symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer. (file pic)
Three-quarters of Australian blokes don’t know the symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer. (file pic)

Gather round gents and lean in lads, here’s some advice: stop giving your health and wellbeing the cold shoulder.

A study by the Movember Foundation has found three-quarters of Australian blokes don’t know the symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer.

Half of us don’t even know the signs of depression, even though this same number will experience a mental health issue at some stage of our lives.

The inaugural Man Files study, which questioned more than 1500 Australian men on the state of their bodies and minds, also revealed only one in three men admit to taking their health and wellbeing seriously.

The results indicate a stigma in admitting to mental illness at work, with men three times as likely to lie to their boss about needing time off for mental health issues than physical issues.

With this attitude, it’s no wonder just one in five men say they are currently healthy and happy.

‘One in five saying they’re at their happiest and their healthiest would suggest we have an issue to address,’ said Jeremy Macvean, director of Movember Asia Pacific.

Mr Macvean said the desire to hold up a “macho” and masculine appearance could contribute to the findings.

‘It’s important, particularly with mental health, that men are taking action as quickly as they need to, to ensure they stay as happy and healthy as they can.’

Perceptions of health and wellbeing differed significantly for each age group, with those in their early thirties seeing them as the golden years but those nearing a half-century most likely to be in a rut.

Half of the men aged 30-34 said they are the happiest they have been in their life and one in three were at their healthiest.

But just 10 per cent of men aged 45-49 see themselves as at their healthiest, and only a third say they are happiest.

MEN’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN AUSTRALIA

* One in five (17 per cent) men feel they are at healthiest and happiest point in life

* A third of men (33 per cent) don’t take their health seriously

* Three-quarters (71 per cent) don’t know the symptoms of prostate cancer and testicular cancer (75)

* Half (50) are unfamiliar with the symptoms of depression

* Men more likely to talk to their GPs (83 per cent) than their partners (68)

* Men three times as likely to lie to boss about time off for mental health (51 per cent) than physical health (14 per cent)

* Family is the most important thing in men’s lives (24 per cent of responses), followed by physical health (21), relationships (11), mental health (10), home (7), money (5), sex life (4), career (3) and mates (3).


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

NSW gov’t opens Tweed Valley Hospital

The NSW government is to officially open the $723.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital today after the transferral of patients to the new facility last week.

Fed gov’t doubles funds for local road repairs

Local governments across the state are to share in $1.2 billion worth of commonwealth funding for local roads over the next five years.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.