Mum's the word when it comes to men talking mental health

MEN getting sick has such a taboo about it that 51% of men surveyed say they would lie to their bosses about the need to take time off work if they had mental health issues.

Meanwhile, men talking to men about mental health issues is less likely than men talking to their mothers about such concerns.

These figures come from an inaugural survey conducted by the Movember Foundation released today.

The Movember Man Files looks into Australian mens' awareness and attitudes about their health.

Movember's Asia Pacific Director Jeremy Macvean said the findings demonstrate more needs to be done.

"Over the last few years, there is no doubt that the issue of men's health have become more common topics of conversation - both in the media and in day-to-day life," Macvean said.

The findings reveal:

  • Australian men aged 30-34 are the happiest and healthiest bunch - 48% state they are the happiest in their lift to date and 32% at their healthiest
  • The late 40s - 10% see themselves as at their healthiest and 29% at their happiest - the lowest across all age groups
  • Three in four don't know the symptoms of prostate cancer
  • 50% aren't familiar with symptoms of depression
  • One in three don't take their health seriously

Despite ranking family, health and relationships as the most important things in life, Australia males would prefer to turn to Google (35%) over mates (28%) when need to talk about mental health issues; and GPs (83%) versus partners (68%). 

Meanwhile, twice as many men would talk politics with mates as those that would talk about mental health issues.

Australian men are far quicker to respond to physical health issues over mental ones - 25% will wait several months before getting help for mental health issues compared to 86% who would get help for a physical problem in a matter of weeks.


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