Michael Newell of Murwillumbah community mens shed at the Tweed Community Health Centre
Michael Newell of Murwillumbah community mens shed at the Tweed Community Health Centre John Gass

Men celebrate their health with music, graffiti and cars

DESPITE living in a society where people are encouraged to seek help, many men still seem to turn a blind eye to their own health concerns.

Whether a physical check up or mental health assistance, the fact remains that men are often less likely than women to deal with health problems as they are noticed, instead preferring to deny their existence or simply hope the problem goes away.

Enter men's health week.

"There's plenty of research out there that suggests men are less comfortable going to the doctor or discussing how they feel," Tweed Heads Men's Shed president John Pitt said.

"The message was to really look after your health and get those health checks when you need them."

Mr Pitt and his men's shed crew hosted the Celebrating Men event at the South Tweed Community Centre on Sunday, providing live music, a graffiti artist exhibit and a car display, among other activities.

There's plenty of research out there that suggests men are less comfortable going to the doctor or discussing how they feel.

There was also a throng of health professionals on hand, offering advice to blokes about their wellbeing and how they could get the help needed for varying mental and physical afflictions.

"It was a tremendous success, Mr Pitt said.

"There was a great turnout by blokes and their families.

"And the music really got the place going."

Mr Pitt was hopeful the men in attendance would take away the important message to take care of themselves and avoid shying away from assistance, be it medical or personal.

"It was a celebration as well but also about making sure you can live life to the full," he said.

He hoped men understood that being tough twenty-four-seven was counterproductive and seeking help should be applauded, not berated.

"Blokes don't need to be strong all the time," Mr Pitt said.

"I think things are slowly changing...always have a chat to someone, talk about it.

"You go and get your car serviced regularly but it's so important to make sure you get yourself serviced."

Mr Pitt reminded men to open up to their friends or family about their health concerns and to make sure they

"There are lots of help lines," he said.

"Lots of illnesses can be picked up early and they're almost all treatable.

"Go and see your GP or doctor now rather than later."

The Tweed Heads Men's Shed wanted to thank all the health professionals who gave up their own time on Sunday to attend the event.

If you're looking for support regarding mental health issues call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Healthdirect Australia is a 24-hour telephone health advice line and can be contacted by calling 1800 022 22.



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