Let's talk about men's health
The month of November - or Movember as we like to call it! - is dedicated to men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide. It’s a great time to start a conversation, and help your friends and family achieve a healthier and happier life.
Key facts about men's health:
- On average, men die six years younger than women, for reasons that are largely preventable
- Testicular cancer is the second most common cancer in young men after skin cancer
- One in eight Australian men will experience depression or anxiety in their lives.
How you can take action:
- Find a GP you feel comfortable talking to about sensitive issues such as erectile dysfunction, prostate and bowel screening and mental health
- Perform regular testicular checks, and speak to a doctor if you notice any changes
- Stay connected and get support when you’re feeling flat or overwhelmed. If you need help, speak to a doctor or counsellor (see below for University Health Services)
- Book an appointment with a University Health Service doctor. You can chat about mental and sexual health, prostate checks or other health concerns
- Speak to a Monash counsellor, who can provide support and strategies for managing stress, anxiety and depression, as well as work, study and home life issues. Appointments are in person or by phone/video, and are free and confidential. Call (03) 9905 3020 to book an appointment.
- Movember - Raising awareness for Men's Health and Suicide
- Movember - Testicular Cancer Screening
- Cancer Council - Prostate Cancer information
- Men's Line Australia - Free counselling service for men
- Beyond Blue - Collection of men's mental health resources