Ask more questions and learn what you can so that, if needed, you
are better prepared for difficult times or stressful situations.
Medications can help manage an illness or chronic pain and so it's important that you know and understand how they work best. Free for Medicare and DVA card holders of any age, a Pharmacist will visit you to answer questions and provide a Medicine Review all of which is arranged through your GP.
Did you know that a fire can take hold of a house within 3mins? As the cooler weather begins, now is a good time to check around your home for any hazards and make sure you have an home fire safety plan ready just in case.
Setting out to explore the impact art and creativity can have on mental health, 'Space 22' premiers at 8pm tomorrow evening on ABC TV and iview. The series will follow 7 people as they discover if creativity can help express emotions.
"I need you and 'acts of service' more than ever in these down moments." Tiffany Romito writes to her husband in a letter about loving with bipolar disorder. Mood swings can make communication in any relationship challenging, Tiffany writes to her husband to express emotions and a message that may otherwise be lost.
A federal election has been called with Saturday May 21st the official polling day. If you live with illness, disability or care for someone who does, you can apply for a postal vote. This option, along with attending a pre-polling centre prior to election day can make it easier to have your vote counted.
How much do you know about male fertility? Did you know that the lifecycle of sperm is around 72 days which means men experiencing problems can make changes and see improvements in just a few months. Researchers at the Uni of Adelaide are calling on Aussie men to share their knowledge of male fertility.
Australian carers have the opportunity to take part in a short, confidential survey that will help shape future supports for family and friend carers supporting older Australians living with depression or anxiety. Honest feedback on good and bad experiences is welcome and will help identify key challenges for carers.
Over the past few months a lot of distressing events have been happening locally and around the world. It can be hard at these times to manage the emotion and connection to these events particularly when news is at our fingertips 24/7. Managing your media use and taking time to process news can be helpful.
Celebrated world-wide on March 30th, World Bipolar Day provides a platform for individuals and communities to educate, discuss and improve understanding of bipolar disorder. It is estimated by Mental Health First Aid Australia that up to 1 in 50 people will experience bipolar symptoms each year.
HOLDING A GRUDGE
There is a quote attributed to Buddha that goes "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." We all get angry or upset with other people from time to time but holding onto that negative emotion long after the cause of that feeling can cause you other problems in life.
Diagnosed with anxiety after a visit to the hospital with chest pain it took a further 8 years for Lenard McKelvey aka 'Charlamagne tha God' to look for support and answers to his mental health challenges. The latest Very Well Mind podcast features an open discussion about therapy and the benefits of working on understanding emotions and mental health.
When you feel overworked and have little time for family or hobbies consider making small changes to your diet, drinking habits and sleep as a starting point to take control of your day. 'Time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story.' How do you spend your physical and mental energy?
Talking about your troubles and emotions with a health professional can be an impractical and let's be honest uncomfortable proposition for many blokes but there are alternatives that can help when you're feeling lost. 'Bibliotherapy' is reading books aimed at helping you better understand and acknowledge your thoughts during difficult times.
The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) is designed to give people with disabilities and their carers access to 'dedicated public facilities 24 hours a day'. Used in shopping centres, open spaces, railway stations and on some playground equipment the MLAK can be purchased through locksmiths or ordered online.
The latest issue of 'The Male' from leading Australian Men's Health organisation Healthy Male is focused on men's mental health. From trying to understand what is often a complex set of issues, habits to help keep you on track and many more insightful articles The Male magazine is a great conversation starter for men.
PLAY IT FAIR
With the amount of time we are spending online, chances are you have been witness to behaviour and language that most of us would not accept in the real world. There is no place for online abuse and Safer Internet Day is about promoting positive online behaviours that are respectful and kind for people of all ages.
OK TO SAY NO
Author Scott Fetters say's that having your own set of clearly defined needs, challenges and deadlines can help eliminate distractions and limit any inclination to 'people please'. Learning to say no when your plate is already full is not selfish it is about using your time and energy on the things that matter most to you.
CARE DURING COVID
During the pandemic everyone has experienced some degree of disruption or disadvantage in their life. Workload and responsibility has increased for Australia's 2.65 million informal, unpaid carers many of whom have experienced financial hardship and increased levels of isolation.
Life can be unpredictable and often makes you feel a mix of emotions. It's not uncommon to feel happy but flat or worried and hopeful at the same time. You can't always control what is happening in life but you can aim to take control of how you respond to situations and emotions by being aware of them and knowing how to manage.
The Foundation for Rural Reginal Renewal 'Heartbeat of Rural Australia' study looks at how not-for-profits and community groups in remote, rural and regional Australia have managed issues such as funding, ability to hold events and volunteer numbers over the past couple of challenging years during covid, bushfires, floods and drought.
Overspending during the festive season can be easy to do, buying presents, big meals and extra treats can all add up. The team at CANSTAR have put together 15 money saving tips around buying gifts, going on holidays and going to parties. Plan ahead and work within a set budget to keep your bank account healthy for the new year.
A marriage breakdown, the recession and a physical injury prevented Duncan Large from taking part in a sport he loved and impacted greatly on his mental health. Duncan now speaks about his experience as a parent living with a mental illness and advocates to improve the recognition and support for children and families in similar situations.
33% of men rarely talk about issues with poor body image or low self-esteem and sadly it's a topic that 44% of blokes never talk about. An article published in UK Men's Health explores male body image and expectations from the perspective of different men including a bodybuilder, model, strong man and cyclist.
Since October 2nd 2017 MCT Monday has been consistently arriving via email to people all over Australia and in countries around the world. In this time we included more than 800 stories aimed at sharing the wide range of informal and formal approaches to men's health and wellbeing. Happy 200th edition of MCT Monday, thank you for your support!
BLUE SKY NEWS
Almost 70% of men with prostate cancer have unmet information needs. If you're looking for news, research and insights on prostate cancer then 'Blue Sky News' is for you. Produced by Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia and free to access this publication might help answer some of your questions.
TEN TO MEN
Since 2013 around 16,000 males aged 10-55 years have been taking part in a longitudinal study on Australian males exploring their mental health, alcohol use, general health and health literacy. An online workshop this Thursday will provide detailed understanding on the most recent study findings.
'Small steps, big changes' is the theme for 26TEN week from the 25th to the 29th October. 26TEN week is also a reminder that we all have a role, whether we are learners, educators, employers, service providers or someone who wants to help to celebrate and promote adult numeracy and literacy.
1 IN 5
Around 1 in 5 Australians experience some form of mental health illness each year. If someone in your life is unwell there are things you can do to help them feel better supported. Gain confidence and become prepared to help with a greater understanding of what is going on by becoming a Mental Health First Aider.
Our mates at Thriving Carer recently shared some articles that have had an impact with people in their community. One that stood out is on 'Constructive Anger'. Along with being told not to cry, men are often told not to get angry but anger is a human emotion 'that doesn't always have to be negative and harmful'.
MCT has linked with Autism Tasmania to present a special screening of Australian film DAD, a look at autism and fatherhood. After the screening, hear from North West Coast Dads during a panel discussion and find out about local activities and groups run by local men for local men - free event thanks to funding from the Mental Health Council Tasmania.
Participants in a study who viewed leisure time as wasteful were also found to have higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression. With technology and productivity playing such a large role in many lives it can be hard to switch off and truly enjoy time in nature or with family and friends but it is an important aspect of wellbeing
It's Dementia Action Week and close to half a million Aussies live with Dementia according to Dementia Australia who also estimate that around 1.6 million Australians are providing care. Tips for a Dementia friendly home, memory books and more support can be found on the Dementia Australia website.
The Carers NSW 2021 Conference is going virtual and will showcase how policy, programs and practice are helping support carers. With around 1 in 10 Aussie men in family/unpaid caring roles MCT hopes to learn about how and where services are working to engage more effectively with men.
"When I write, I feel more balance" says Victor Imbimbo, CEO of Caring Today. Did you know that writing about emotions and stress may help improve wellbeing by providing a level of structure and organisation to your thoughts. Check out The Good Men Project article for some writing tips and prompts.
Crohn's disease, Asthma and Diabetes are all chronic physical conditions but the effects of these illnesses on managing day to day life can also carry a heavy emotional and mental challenge. Dan, Michael and Samuel each have learned how to manage the psychological side of a physical condition.
"Not everyone who is angry will be aggressive, and not every aggressive behaviour is fuelled by anger." To varying degrees, everyone experiences anger. How we express and deal with anger is something that can at times worry ourselves or the people in our lives we care about. Understand anger and tips to better manage.
The Black Dog Institute is currently working to improve the support available for men who are having thoughts of ending their life through their project ‘Under the Radar’. They are looking to understand what men find helpful and not helpful via an anonymous survey. Share your thoughts to help improve support options.
The term trauma is generally associated with violence, accidents or crime however it is also something experienced through injury, illness, job loss or the death of someone close to us. We all experience these challenges in life to different degrees and understanding the difference between a 'normal response' and when to seek help is important.
"Knowing isn't enough, doing is the bit that matters", a wise and important message for all men from Healthy Male CEO Simon Von Saldern in issue #5 of 'The Male'. Looking at self care and why it matters, this info packed edition explores topics such as sleep, eating well, movement as medicine and much more.
If you want to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol or reduce stress and anxiety in your life the answer could be man's best friend. Along with helping to make us more active through walks and playtime, having a dog can also help with our social life sparking up conversations with other dog lovers.
How often do you change your sheets? Is technology bad for your health? Find out how your answers compare in the Australia Talks social survey. More than 60,000 people took part in the national survey and you can now do a shortened 50 question survey to see how different or similar your opinions may be to your fellow Aussie men and women.
Do you know the maximum number of standard drinks recommended in a day? What about over the course of a week? The Alcohol and Drug Foundation report that more than half of all Aussies don't know what a standard drink size is, new guidelines offer a chance to learn and reduce your risk of injury or accident.
80,000 family and friend carers who make up more than 15% of the Tasmanian population will soon be formally acknowledged with Carer Recognition legislation. 'Supporting Tasmanian Carers: Tasmanian Carers Action Plan 2021-2024' also promises a Carers Week grant program plus resources and education for carers.
Researchers at Monash University are seeking input from carers of older adults to help improve patient and carer experience during hospital discharge. Sharing your story can help identify where health staff can improve or strengthen the way older adults and carers are supported when they are discharged from hospital.
In the lead up to Men's Health Week, the AMHF published a 'Charter for Men's Mental Health' which outlines the need for a male focused charter along with identifying 7 principles for men's mental health services so that mental health and suicide prevention initiatives are 'better equipped to support men and boys in the future.'
During our recent Allied Mates Forum literacy appeared as a recurring theme across the different discussion topics. We invite anyone interested in the topic of male literacy (i.e. reading/writing, health, financial, emotional) to join our online Men's Health Week event with Greg Milan (AMHF) and Malcolm Wells (26TEN) to share ideas and initiatives.
Topics such as men’s sheds, fatherhood roles, help seeking in men and the impact of masculinities on men’s health promotion are included in an online library of research which is now free to access for a limited time. Anyone working with men or interested in men's health is encouraged to take a look.
In Tasmania more individuals die from accidental overdose of prescribed medicine than from illegal drugs or from road deaths. If you or someone close to you is on prescription medication, a coalition of community, education and government organisations has one simple message to share 'Talk to the experts, talk to your pharmacist'.
"It's easy, straightforward and who knows maybe it will be you or someone you know who will need it one day" - James. Donating your blood only takes about 1 hour to do, can be made into 22 different medical treatments and can then go on to help save 3 different lives. Anyone fit and healthy, aged between 18 and 75 can donate every 3months.
LIFE AFTER DIVORCE
Take time to grieve is the first tip for men going through a divorce from mediator Ian Shann . Adjusting to a new way of life is difficult and takes time so try to maintain routines at work and in other areas of your life to help during this time. When children are involved, having a parental plan drawn up can help avoid conflict.
MEN AND MISCARRIAGE
"What can I do? How can I help?’ - I just felt like that was my role and that, in a sense, it didn't matter how I felt.” Tristan speaking about his reaction to he and his wife Tahyna experiencing a miscarriage. The latest issue of Fatherhood Bulletin explores 'Men and Pregnancy Loss' through personal stories, support and coping strategies.
Did you know that people can experience a panic attack whilst asleep? Understanding and recognising the signs and symptoms of a panic attack in yourself or someone in your life can be difficult but there are some ways you can. There are also myths around what a panic attack actually looks and feels like. Be informed and know what to look out for.
Canberra Uni researchers are asking people across Australia to share their experience of providing care to someone else. Short or long term, past or present, if you have cared for someone through illness or disability you can take part in the survey. Men Care Too would like to encourage men to get involved and provide a male perspective to the study.
OLDER MALE SUICIDE
This Friday between 10am and 4pm health and social care professionals working with men over 65 are invited to an online conference to address the topic of 'Preventing Suicide in Older Men'. Looking at age specific suicide rates, men aged over 85 have the highest rate indicating that there is important work to be done to better support our old mates.
WEIGHT OF CARE
'Caring is often physically & emotionally demanding with consequences for carers own health and wellbeing." A new report Commissioned by Public Health England adds more evidence that unpaid caring be identified as a Social Determinant of Health. Recognised as an important tool 'Social Prescribing' can help connect family and friend carers with supports.
Built to help dads 'tackle the screaming, kicking and WTF moments' Movember's Family Man is a free online resource that men can access anytime. Designed for men with input from child behaviour experts using evidenced based parenting strategies as you work through 3 interactive episodes that help you 'correct misbehaviour whilst reinforcing love and care.'
Death and dying are topics we often avoid, it is hard talking with someone we care about or ourselves not being around anymore. Following National Advance Care Planning week, make time now to have a conversation with close family or friends so that it might be a little less stressful should the time come to make any important decisions about someone's care.
'Take control of your mental fitness and prepare for life's challenges' A FREE online workshop hosted by UK NFP Carers Hearts as part of their March Male Carer Month. This workshop will look at 'fast skills' to use during stressful times through to identifying and exploring strategies that build long term resilience. On this Friday March 26th starting at 6:30am AEDT.
The simple way to describe grit is having the perseverance to overcome obstacles or challenges to achieve a goal. Whilst perseverance is a vital aspect of grit it is just one of many factors that make up the equation. Positive self talk, mastering fear, training your weaknesses and using periods of recovery to recharge your batteries are all aspects of grit that can help you overcome challenges in life.
An Australian observational study looking at men's health promotion in waiting rooms has found just 3% of more than 1100 health materials audited were male specific. Researchers looked at printed health promotion messages which included brochures and booklets in general practice, community centres and hospitals with results identifying a gap in male health promotion.
Testosterone and diabetes, male contraception and sexual health are some of the topics covered in issue 4 of The Male magazine. Published by Australian men's health organisation Healthy Male, the magazine highlights health and wellness issues because as CEO Simon Von Saldern say's "Avoiding uncomfortable conversations won't make the problem go away".
ALLIED MATES FORUM
World Health Day Allied Mates Forum hosted by MCT and funded by the North West Suicide Prevention Trial Site, aims to highlight key issues affecting men with snapshot presentations showcasing a number of local services and grassroots initiatives aimed at working with men in the North West of Tasmania to better support local men and boys experiencing life challenges.
MALE CARER MONTH
How to be your own best friend is one of the practical, evidence based workshops being offered to men by Carers Hearts during their Male Carer Month of March. Taking control of your mental fitness is another workshop on offer along with podcast interviews with men from all different walks of life speaking about their experience of caring. Follow Carers Hearts on social media for all the latest info.
Adding to their free online weekly wellness sessions for carers, the Sydney Local Health District Carers team are launching CHAT Live. Men Care Too are excited to be part of the Carer Health and Thoughts (CHAT) first live session this Thursday starting at 11am to talk about the importance of connecting with others as a key aspect of wellness when caring.
HE'LL BE RIGHT
Is modern masculinity in New Zealand's Maori culture still full of ritual and tradition? This question along with a wide ranging discussion on what it means to be a man in 2021 are part of a new podcast series titled 'He'll be Right'. Gender expectations, fatherhood and culture are all topics that offer interesting conversations and viewpoints on modern masculinity.
Many carers find themselves still having to work for a wide range of reasons and it doesn't matter if you're in a boardroom or the factory floor, speaking with your employer about your caring role can be difficult. UK not for profit Carers Hearts recently shared some great practical advice so that when you approach your employer that conversation is a little easier.
HAVE YOUR SAY
The Tasmanian Government is reviewing the existing Carers Action Plan and thanks to Carers Tasmania you have an opportunity to share your views and experiences on what has worked and what areas need improvement. The 'Have Your Say' events are being held around the state during February, alternatively, contact Carers Tasmania direct to have your say.
READY TO GO
How well prepared are you if there was a need to leave your home in a hurry? Bushfires and flash flooding are always a concern for many Aussies and medical emergencies or unplanned travel may also mean we need to leave our homes quickly and being prepared can help make those stressful times a little easier.
"Focus less on the problem, and more on the solution." is a key recommendation to come out of a report commissioned by Victorian Health titled 'Masculinities and Health'. The survey which informed the report, included more than 1,600 participants and asked questions on topics such as the harms of traditional masculinity, role models for boys and men's roles in parenting.
With disruption to normal routines, travel and unfamiliar places on the cards for many of us over the holidays it's important to keep a check on medications so that you or the person you care for are getting the right dose at the right time. Having a list of all medications and setting reminders on your phone will help keep you on track.
Did you know that men are four times more likely to drown than women and over the past 10 years, inland waterways have claimed more lives than any other location in Australia. As we head to the beaches and rivers during the warmer months, Royal Life Saving Australia have a simple message for men 'Make the Right Call' - wear a life jacket, avoid going alone and avoid alcohol to stay safe.
The recent Ten to Men insights report found that around 80% of men would not phone a support line for help. Online tools provide an alternative for men who are dealing with anxiety or depression and the Black Dog Institute have a survey open where you can help design a new digital mental health service. Share your experience so that other blokes doing it tough can have somewhere appropriate to go
Off the back of the Australian Men's Health Forum's guide to developing male friendly services comes a call for the Morrison Government to develop a national plan to tackle male suicide in Australia. With an average of 7 men choosing to end their own life everyday in Australia it is important to look at gender when developing suicide prevention strategies. Help SAM, Save Aussie Men.
Disability Gateway is a new resource aimed at connecting people to information and local services. Developed in consultation with people living with a disability, carers and the broader disability sector, the website is now live in a 'pilot' phase and people are being encouraged to visit the website and share feedback before the official launch.
Binge watching tv shows has become more common in recent times with streaming services at the click of a button. It can be easy to slip into a routine where watching tv or staring at a screen takes up more time during the day than we'd like it too. Keep an eye on your screen time and make changes if needed.
Grassroots to boardrooms, people are working round the clock on innovative ways to connect and support people during life challenges. Sadly the latest ABS data has shown a rise in suicides with 9 Australians (7 men/2 women) taking their lives everyday. Trust your gut if someone you know is struggling, ask RUOK?
In the UK around 60% of carers over the age of 85 are male according to a recently published PHD Study Report which has shed some light onto the experience of older men in caring roles. The report suggests that early connections to services to develop relationships plus activity based social supports as ways to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Taking time out each day to write down a few things in your life that you are grateful for can help you develop and strengthen positive thoughts and feelings. Different to mental health, mental strength can be looked at in three parts, what we think, what we feel and our actions. Writing is one example of a healthy way to explore thoughts and feelings.
VALUE OF CARE
Replacing each hour of informal care with a formal sector equivalent in 2020 is valued at $77.9 billion'. The Value of Informal Care report by Deliotte Access Economics puts a dollar value on the unpaid care provided by almost 2.8 million Australians. Individual primary informal carers are estimated to care for an average of 32.5 hours each week or a combined 1.7 BILLION hours annually.
'The longer you think about something, the less time and energy you might have to take productive action' We spend a great deal of time everyday thinking about problems or decisions we need to make, some are small and easy, others more difficult and meaningful. Recognising when you start to overthink or dwell on certain things can help prevent stress and worry.
TEN TO MEN
We are constantly reminded of crisis and help lines that we can call for support yet over 80% of adult men in the Ten To Men survey said they were very unlikely, or unlikely to seek help or support from this source. Ten To Men is a longitudinal health and lifestyle study with more than 15,000 Australian men and boys participating to date - a new report is now available.
DON'T WAIT MATE
More than 50% of Australians have delayed or cancelled health checks due to COVID19 concerns. Scans, testing, screening and preventative health care have all seen a drop in numbers and so the Continuity of Care Collaboration, made up of 35 peak bodies, are encouraging people to access health services through their #DontWaitMate campaign.