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International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day is celebrated around the world on Sunday 19th November, with the theme for 2017 being “Celebrate Men and Boys”.

The objectives of International Men’s Day include:

  • a focus on men’s and boy’s health
  • improving gender relations
  • promoting gender equality
  • highlighting positive male role models

It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.

Men are encouraged to get together with mates and fundraise for charities that support men’s health.  ‘Movember’ was created when mates got together on International Men’s Day, and now this phenomenon has spread across the globe.

It is also an opportune time, in preparation for White Ribbon Day, for men to take a stand against violence towards women and be positive male role models for our community and our children.

For more information about International Men’s Day visit

Men’s Mental Health:

Men are known for bottling things up. But when you’re feeling down, taking action to call in extra support is the responsible thing to do.

Trying to go it alone when you’re feeling down increases the risk of depression or anxiety going unrecognised and untreated. Depression is a high risk factor for suicide, and plays a contributing role to the big difference in suicide rates for men and women.

  • On average, ONE IN EIGHT men will experience depression and ONE IN FIVE men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.
  • Blokes make up an average SIX out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly DOUBLE the national road toll.

Everyone’s mental health varies during their life, and can move back and forth along their own personal range between positive and healthy at one end through to severe symptoms or conditions that impact on everyday life at the other, in response to different stressors and experiences.

Effectively managing your mental health can give you significant improvements in your quality of life, increase your capacity to support your family and your mates, and let you perform at your best.

To find out more about your mental health, or how you can support a mate, visit |

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PIR is a Federally funded program. Other consortia members include Gold Coast Health and Mental Health Association QLD