There are growing problems in men's health.
- Isolation, loneliness and depression are now looming as major men's health issues.
- Last year in Australia, there were 10 million consultations on mental health, alone.
- The health system is straining to cope.
- There is an inability of health services to engage men who are ignoring their health issues.
- There is little evidence of health services addressing the 'Baby Boomers' crisis.
- There is insufficient attention being paid to preventative activities.
- The gap in Indigenous health is too big and needs urgent attention.
Tackling men's mental health through community building.
Even though men and women experience similar rates of mental illness, men are less likely to use services for mental health problems. Many people are afraid of seeking help or talking about mental illness due to a fear of stigma. A key reason for poor mental health stems from isolation.
The Australian Men's Shed Association founded in 2007 aims to engage older men and create a sense of community by running workshops in their Sheds. A different approach to encourage 'blokes' to reach out was required.
Similarly, Perth based disability services provider; Mosaic, seeks to bridge the gap between isolated individuals and the community in which they live. Different events are held to suit a variety of interests and promote socialising.