Let's talk about men's health


This week is Men's Health Week (10-16 June). The week gives everyone an opportunity to talk about men's mental health as well as their physical wellbeing.

Beyond Blue has found that one in five Australian men will experience anxiety, one in eight will experience depression and of the eight Australians who take their lives each day, six are men.

Mental health is also a critical part of managing many health conditions.

Researchers at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer, Wellness and Research Centre and LaTrobe University are conducting a study examining the role of social support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to help provide the right resources for patients and survivors.

"Prostate cancer is the most prevalent invasive cancer affecting men. A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing. However, many people don't use available support services," says Dr Gemma Skaczkowski.

The study is interested in the types of social support that men use, whether this is online or face-to-face, and whether this is support that is related to cancer or support that is more general, such as participation in a sporting group.

"To our knowledge, the interaction of social support and type of coping style used by men with prostate cancer hasn't been examined. This study is being conducted in collaboration with La Trobe University and the online survey is open to anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer in the last five years," says Gemma.

To access the survey click here.

For more information about the study or to participate please contact Jordie Michael at:

If you or anyone you know needs help:
• Lifeline on 13 11 14
• MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
• Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
• Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
• Headspace on 1800 650 890