With the world still gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, never before has looking after our physical and mental health been so important.
This week at Kalari we connected for Men’s Health Week 2021 with a series of morning and afternoon teas across all our depots.
Men’s Health Week continues to put the spotlight on the health of boys and men globally and recognises that health is a dynamic reality shaped by many factors – only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics.
Men live on average 4.4 fewer years than women and are more likely to die from heart disease at an earlier age. 80% of spinal cord injuries occur in young men and 70% of development and learning disabilities affect boys. Men make up 54% of the workforce yet 94% of all workforce fatalities are men.
It’s not just men’s physical health – according to Lifeline, nine Australians take their own lives every day. That’s more than double the national road toll – and 75% of those are men.
The rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is twice that of their non-Indigenous counterparts, while people in rural populations are twice as likely to take their own lives than their city counterparts.
What can you do?
We have certified Mental Health First Aiders in each of our depots so there are people trained in starting conversations about mental health. For our employees, reach out to the Mental Health First Aider in your depot, or contact our Employee Assistance Program provider.
There are also resources and support available.
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Beyond Blueon 1300 224 636
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- ReachOut at au.reachout.com
- Dads In Distress (peer support for separated dads) on 1300 853 437
- SANE Australia (people living with a mental illness)
- Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774