Brimbank Council is hosting a mini Men’s Health expo on 15 June to put local men, boys and their families in touch with programs and facilities that can improve men’s health.
Brimbank's Men’s Health Day is part of Men’s Health Week (11-17 June 2018), a national program which promotes the importance of men’s health and wellbeing.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said Council sees men’s health as vitally important and wants to raise awareness of how men can lead healthier lives.
“This year’s theme is about ‘Making Healthy Connections’. I’d like to invite Brimbank men and boys to come along to the Brimbank Men’s Health Day event on 15 June, to find out more about how to make and sustain positive family connections.
“Council believes that giving men the opportunity to connect with each other and to local services will help them make healthy connections with the local community.
“The event will also focus on preventing family violence – a critical issue that Council continues to take a lead role on in Brimbank. Attendees will learn ways to prevent violence at home and elsewhere, as well as how to deal with physical and mental health issues.
“We hope to provide men and boys with strategies to deal with depression and anxiety, and connect them to relevant services.
The Brimbank Men’s Health Day event will feature a range of presenters and stalls to help equip participants with information and links to services available to the community around men’s health issues.
“With health issues on the rise in Brimbank, it’s critical to have a range of services and facilities accessible locally to support our community’s health and wellbeing needs.
“These include open spaces, quality parks, walking and cycling paths, and ongoing support to sporting clubs.
“Council also offers community strengthening grants, volunteering opportunities and a comprehensive community wellbeing program delivered across Brimbank all year round in Neighbourhood Houses, Leisure Centres and Libraries.
“Another available source is the Westvale Men’s Shed, which has an active program with ongoing activities to engage men in healthier lifestyles. This includes talks every term by local health agencies on key topics such as prostate health, depression and anxiety, nutrition and healthy eating.
“Men’s Health Day also reminds us about having those meaningful conversations about the factors that keep us healthy in body and mind,” Cr Giudice said.
Brimbank Men’s Health Day will be held from 4.30-7pm on Friday 15 June 2018 at Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road, St Albans.