Men going through tough times can often feel isolated, leading them to believe that they are the only one experiencing a particular set of problems.
This can lead to these men not reaching out for the help they need at a time when they need it the most.
Wingecarribee Health Association for Men (WHAM Inc.) and the South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration have partnered in daring to defy the stereotype of keeping silent on men’s health.
They are encouraging men to seek the help they need through the Tackling the Challenge: Talking Local Men’s Health project. This will tie in with Men’s Health Week from June 11 to 17.
The stories encourage other men to speak up about their own issues and to seek support before it becomes a crisis. The project is looking for men, from the Wingecarribee Shire, who are willing to share their story of recovery from times of personal distress, crisis or challenges.
Brendan Bennett from the South Western Sydney Wellbeing Collaboration said men responded and related well to stories of other men’s experiences of resilience, strength and recovery from personal hardship or crisis.
WHAM Inc. Chairman Peter van Dort said “getting help can make a huge difference.”
“We’re not looking for perfect stories – we want to capture all aspects of how men have dealt with challenging situations,” he said.
“Whether they be stories about dealing with relationship breakups, issues of ageing, grief and loss, work related stress, drug and alcohol issues, redundancy, chronic illness, depression and anxiety… or any other challenging situation.
“Normalising men seeking help is something we want to encourage through this project.”
Stories will be published locally through various media outlets.
If you would like to tell your story to inspire other men or would like to find out more about the project, please contact Brendan Bennett on 02 9616 4048 or visit WHAM Inc. website at www.wingecarribeehealthassociationformen.org