We are now about a week into the hairiest month of the year, Movember! The Beyond team’s top lips are starting to sprout, some with sparse but promising growth and a couple of seasoned growers who argue that there are three certainties in life…death, taxes and moustaches!
We also have our myotherapist Tom who is deep into his training for his 1000 burpee challenge. He is just glad that there are a few good practitioners around to help him with his aches and pains from all of his training.
Whilst we are all doing this for a bit of a laugh and good fun there is definitely a serious side to why we are participating in Movember. Here are a couple of tragic statistics on men’s mental health that really show why we are doing this:
- 1 in 2 Australian men will suffer with a mental health problem at some point in their life.
- On average 6 men each day take their life through suicide in Australia
Organisations such as the Movember Foundation are raising awareness around men’s health, with the aim to change such terrible statistics.
As individuals we can also help to change this by checking on our family and friends who we think may be having a tough time. Starting a conversation with someone with how they are going might just be enough to encourage them to get further help. There is always something than can be done and there is some fantastic information available on the Beyond Blue website (beyondblue.org.au) and another great starting point is talking to your general practitioner.
From a musculoskeletal point of view our mental health can have big effects on how we perceive pain, our energy levels and ultimately how well we are moving. Suffering from a mental health issue can make a physical issue worse and can often amplify pain. Also, looking after your physical health and exercising can have a huge positive impact on your mental health and might be something you wish to discuss with your practitioner. With this in mind, it is important to remember to work on both our physical health and mental health to allow each to be the best it can be.
Remember to stay tuned for more updates on how the mo’s are going and our posts about men’s health issues throughout Movember.
Please also remember if you are experiencing mental health issues there is always someone to talk to you. For immediate support contact Lifeline 13 11 14 and for further information on mental health issues please visit beyondblue.org.au or your local GP.