June is Men’s Health Month. If there’s ever a time as a male to think about your personal health, now is the time to do it. This month we have been discussing men’s health issues and what you can do to improve.

So far we’ve covered three topics for Men’s Health Month:

For our final Men’s Health Month post, we want to talk about Mental Health.

Mental disorders and psychological distress are common in New Zealand. 17% of New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a mood disorder and/or anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. Rates of mental disorders are slightly more common in women and men, however men are far more likely to die from suicide than women. In fact, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among Kiwi men, ahead of diabetes and motor accidents.

In our weekly Men’s Health Month updates so far, we’ve focused on our own health. Of course, it’s not all about us. How are our mates doing? How’s their health? Maybe they’ve got a problem, physical or mental, that they’re keeping to themselves instead of getting help for.

Take a moment this week to ask your mate how he’s doing. Just starting the conversation might be what he needs to take the next step. And don’t worry about not having the right answer, just starting a conversation and letting them know you’re there for them can go a long way towards helping.

Our Psychological First Aid course discusses the subject of mental health, and teaches how you can offer support to those in the workplace and community who might be experiencing psychological distress. We’ve had overwhelming positive feedback from people who said the course has helped them to open up a dialogue in their workplace and community.

If you’re ever feeling like you need someone to talk to, call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day to talk to a trained counsellor. If you’re concerned someone might be in danger, call 111.

Click here for Psychological First Aid resources and Mental Health helpline posters.