12 Jun

Get on top of your health this Men’s Health Week

Today is the beginning of Men’s Health Week. During this week, we’re encouraged to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote improved wellbeing outcomes for men (and boys) globally. 

There are many areas of health; physical health, mental health and emotional wellbeing. Men’s Health Week is designed to provoke discussion and encourage men to take control of their own health outcomes. It reiterates the importance of early detection, prevention and treatment of diseases that are harmful to males.  

Health amongst Australian men 

Compared to women, men are more likely to develop a serious illness. They also tend to have a higher mortality rate and are less likely to present to their doctor. When they do, it’s typically when their illness has advanced. 

During Men’s Health Week, it’s important to understand which groups of men are at higher risk of experiencing a shorter life expectancy. They generally include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, migrant men, men who live in remote or rural regions, incarcerated men, men with disabilities, men who are socially disadvantaged and those from LGBTIQA+ communities. 

The top causes of premature death amongst men are the following: 

  1. Ischaemic heart disease 
  2. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease 
  3. Trachea and lung cancer 
  4. Cerebrovascular disease (medical conditions that affect the blood flow in the brain) 
  5. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 
  6. Prostate cancer 
  7. Blood and lymph cancer (including leukemia)  
  8. Diabetes 
  9. Colon and rectum cancer 
  10. Suicide.  

**Note: this list of leading illnesses that lead to common deaths in Australian men has been ordered from highest to lowest 

Men’s mental health and wellbeing 

One in eight and one in five Australian men will experience depression and anxiety, respectively, at any given stage in their life. Notably, they’re four times more likely to die from suicide than women. Research shows that two thirds of men who are in crisis don’t feel confident or empowered to speak up about their mental health concerns.   


OnTrack was a 2022 Youth in Charge campaign encouraging young people to speak out about things that were holding them back.

It’s important that they can feel confident to reach out and discuss their feelings or experiences. As a society, we need to change our narrative around men being able to seek help and encourage them to feel safe and supported to do so. If you or another male figure in your life are experiencing any of the following, make sure to reach out or ask them if they are okay. 

  • Issues with health and wellbeing  
  • Disinterest in things that were previously enjoyable 
  • Are more withdrawn 
  • Are confused, irrational or moody 
  • Are experiencing changes personally or professionally. 

Isolation can also contribute to negative health outcomes for men. Getting out, socialising and meeting new people creates positive health outcomes. As part of some of respite centre services, our teams organise men’s groups to meet up, relax and just enjoy the day together.  

A street musician performing at one of our recent Men’s Group outings on the Gold Coast.

Anglicare mental health services to support men

Our organisation is doing our part to empower men to lead their own positive health outcomes. At Anglicare Southern Queensland, we offer various services and programs to support men. They’re designed to improve their relationships, provide them with family support and assist their general mental and emotional wellbeing.

Some of the support services we offer men include family and relationship counselling, support with separation and parenting programs.

Our organisation also provides court-appointed counselling to men with drug and alcohol dependency. Additionally, we provide intervention services for men with aggression and those who use violence against their family/intimate partner. These programs are designed to help them cease abusive and violent behaviours and create safe and respectful relationships.

To learn more about our wellbeing services for men, click here.

Staying healthy

This Men’s Health Week, take the time to evaluate your own health and understand habits and behaviours that could lead to negative health consequences. Use this opportunity to speak up about any health-related concerns that you may have with a professional.

By creating healthy habits from an early age and following them daily, you can prevent harmful diseases, which can often lead to early mortality. Ways that you can establish healthy habits include having a healthy work/life balance, eating well and exercising, talking about feelings, checking in on those around you and engaging in regular health check-ups/screenings for early detection of diseases.