Help for young men during Mens Health Week

15 Jun, 2015

Young men are being urged to take advantage of a free, online info session run by headspace during Men’s Health Week where they can anonymously ask for support or advice about their health and wellbeing.

The eheadspace live info session on Thursday, 18 June 2015 from 5pm AEST provides an open forum for young men across Australia to ask any questions relating to their general, physical, mental and sexual health.

headspace has also released a video, which can be viewed here, for young men on tips for a healthy headspace featuring Hawthorn Football Club’s Matt Spangher, Victorian Bushranger’s cricketer Aaron Ayre, former AFL player Simon Hogan, as well as headspace ambassadors Nick Bracks and James Mason and youth advocate Nick Pearce.

Men's Health Week is from 15 to 21 June and is about Australian individuals, families and communities reflecting on the state of male health and wellbeing.

Now a community engagement advisor with headspace, Simon Hogan said Men's Health Week is an ideal opportunity to encourage young men to ask for help if they’re going through a tough time.

“Young men are three times more likely to complete suicide than women and twice as likely to have drug and alcohol problems as compared to women; however they are less likely to seek help,” he said.

“Young men can find it difficult to get help for a range of reasons such as not knowing where to start, feeling embarrassed to ask for help or not being comfortable with face-to-face support.

“Sometimes it's hard to know what to say. If you're not sure you're ready to get help in person the live info session might be a good place to start.

eheadspace provides a safe environment where all young people can ask a professional for support or advice about something that's on their mind in a totally anonymous environment.”

The headspace video has been developed to help encourage young men to look after their mental health and seek help when they need it.

“The video shows young men that it’s ok to talk about their situation and to find support – whether it’s their friends, family or a professional,” Simon Hogan said.

To find out more on the live info session supporting young men in seeking help, please visit the eheadspace website here.