Building supportive environments

This Men’s Health Week (13-19 June) Australians are encouraged to come together to support the health and wellbeing of men and boys and to consider the importance of building supportive environments that promote physical, mental, and emotional health among this cohort.

“Men’s Health Week focuses not just on physical health, but critically on men’s mental health and emotional wellbeing,” says Associate Professor Emma George, Director of the Centre for Male Health.

Associate Professor George says that this year’s theme – ‘Building Healthy Environments For Men and Boys’ – will shine the spotlight on the importance of creating supportive environments for men and boys, including in the home, workplace and social settings.

“By creating environments in which men feel supported and empowered, we can encourage open conversations about mental and physical health and improve outcomes,” she says.

Dr Neil Hall, also from the Centre for Male Health, says the week will highlight a range of health challenges faced by men across the nation.

“Men’s Health Week acknowledges that the best people to improve men’s health in Australia are those who live, work and engage with men and boys in communities around the country. Men’s health is not just men’s business – it’s everybody’s business,” says Dr Hall.

“We all need to work together to improve the physical, emotional and mental health of men and boys and building awareness is the first step.”

For more information and resources, and to find out how your pharmacy can get involved in Men’s Health Week, visit: westernsydney.edu.au/mens-health-week

Men’s Health Week will be launched by the Centre for Male Health at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta on Tuesday, 14 June.

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