- $310,000 for Regional Men's Health Initiative to address issues of mental health and wellbeing, and suicide in men in regional and remote farming communities
- $120,000 for State Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy to complement WA Women's Health Strategy and WA Aboriginal Men's Health Strategy
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced funding to address the alarming rate of suicide in men in farming communities, and to develop a State-wide Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy.
The Minister made the announcement at Graylands Hospital's Men's Health Festival as part of International Men's Health Week.
The McGowan Government is providing mental health and wellbeing education for men in regional and remote farming communities, who are identified as a priority population under the State-wide suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020: Together we can save lives.
The Mental Health Commission has awarded $310,000 in support of the Regional Men's Health Initiative.
The WA Men's Health and Wellbeing Policy is a Government election commitment and will be informed by the National Male Health Policy, focusing on physical health, mental health and wellbeing for men. A total of $120,000 has been allocated to develop the policy.
Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"There are a number of key indicators where men's health needs greater focus, including improving the gap in life expectancy, the higher risks of obesity, alcohol abuse and rates of suicide.
"We need a State-wide strategy to help support the National Male Health Policy here in WA, and to complement the WA Women's Health Strategy, and the Aboriginal Men's Health Strategy.
"Mental health is of particular concern as, nationwide, men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women, and in 2012, statistics showed that men living in remote areas had a 78 per cent higher risk than men living in major cities.
"I am very pleased to be making this funding announcement at Graylands Hospital today as it waves the chequered flag for Men's Health Week and this year's theme of Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance.
"This hospital and its people look after some of the most vulnerable men in our community and should be commended."
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