June 18, 2021
According to Lifeline, nine Australians take their own lives every day – more than double the national road toll – and three quarters of those are men.
Good health is about being the best you can be in your situation. It’s important to prioritise your physical, emotional, and social health by staying connected and seeking support early if something is wrong.
This year’s Men’s Health Week focuses on what it means to have a team. So ... we want to know ... who's on your team?
Your team is a group of people, working together. They have your back - they’ll be there for the good times AND the tough times.
Your team is you, your family and your mates ... but ... it’s also important to include health and medical professionals. They can help you by offering professional and unbiased opinions. This helps you maintain your health and wellbeing by stopping the small problems before they get bigger.
Don't forget, your physical, mental, and social health are all connected!
Make healthy food choices, stay active and get good sleep, not the easiest thing to do as a truck driver! That's what your teammates are for - they may be friends and family, sporting clubs, colleagues, doctors, physios, trainers, and dieticians.
Feeling irritable, down, worried, nervous, tired, or avoiding people or places that used to make you happy? There are lots of people and services that can join your team to support your mental health. These include a trusted friend or family member, your doctor, or a counsellor or psychologist, online and phone support services, like BeyondBlue or LifeLine (scroll down for contact details).
Staying socially connected with your team is WAY more important than you might think! Catching up in person is great. But .. phone, email and chatting online can help keep you stay connected, even if you can’t get out in-person or are on the road.
Head over to Healthy Male for heaps of resources about YOUR health!!
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to be in crisis to seek help.
Health in Gear offers free phone support for drivers, and counselling for owner drivers and their families.
Call 1800 In Gear (1800 464 327), Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm AEDT.
Lifeline offers free phone crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14 for crisis support 24/7.
Lifeline Text, an SMS-based crisis support service is available for people who prefer to text rather than talk. Any person in Australia can receive support from a Crisis Supporter by text message every night.
0477 13 11 14 – available 12pm to midnight AEST.
Lifeline Chat service is available for people who prefer to type rather than talk. Anyone in Australia can chat with a Crisis Supporter each night.
Available online 7pm to midnight AEST.
Beyond Blue offers free phone support service counselling by trained mental health professionals who will listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction for further support.
Call 1300 224 636 anytime.
Beyond Blue offers free online support service counselling for people who prefer to type rather than talk.
Chat online 11.00am to midnight (AEST).
Mensline is a free online and phone counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
Call 1300 789 978 or chat online anytime.
Headspace provides free online and phone support to young people 12 – 25 years and their families and friends.
Call 1800 650 890 or chat online.
The National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline offers free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs.
Call 1800 250 015 anytime.
AA offers advice and support to stop using alcohol and other drugs.
Call 1300 222 222.
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