Men to strengthen social ties

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Tough guy: Men need to be more proactive about their health and their social relationships, as this has been shown to improve their health.

Tough guy: Men need to be more proactive about their health and their social relationships, as this has been shown to improve their health.

Most men don’t like to talk about being vulnerable and this particularly applies to their health. Movember, a global initiative that runs the whole month of November, isn’t just about growing moustaches and raising funds.

Men are encouraged to be more open about their health problems, to talk about it with their mates and to see a doctor before it becomes more serious or too late.

Women tend to learn about health issues from each other and often don’t hesitate to see a doctor if there seems to be a health problem.

But men usually clam up and keep symptoms to themselves.

“We know that in their 30s, men tend to start letting go of key relationships,” Craig Martin, global director of Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, the Movember Foundation said.

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“Social relationships are a key protective factor for men against anxiety, depression and potentially suicide. We need to tackle this issue, and fresh ideas are needed because the status quo isn’t working for men.”

Several projects are being funded by the Movember Foundation to tackle this. The projects aim to reach men through a number of contexts including sport, food and gaming.

They will run for two years to test the ideas with a goal to build evidence around what works for men.

“We’re excited to launch these projects that will build the critical evidence we need in this area,” he said.

Everyone can help men by asking them how they are doing. See https://au.movember.com/news