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Lifeline: 13 11 14
Mensline: 1300 789 978
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Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Rurallink: 1800 522 002

For men

Western Australian men are significant and positive contributors to West Australian life through their diverse family, work and community roles. To empower men to reach their potential and enjoy a long and high quality life, supporting the health and wellbeing of men is an important and critical community issue1 - The Health and Wellbeing Status of Western Australian Males 2016

Everyone’s mental health varies during their lifetime. There will be times when you are feeling positive and healthy, and other times when you may feel like you are struggling. How you feel in regarding your mental health and wellbeing affects how you function in your everyday life.

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical health. When your mental health is going well, you can enjoy a good quality of life, support your family and mates, and respond effectively to different day-to-day life experiences and stressors.2

Everyday life experiences and stressors can affect mental health and wellbeing. Some life issues experienced by men3 may include:

  • relationship issues
  • financial problems
  • work-related pressures
  • unemployment, loss of business or
  • retirement
  • physical illness
  • loneliness or isolation
  • partner’s pregnancy and birth of a baby
  • alcohol and other drug use
  • grief and loss
  • domestic and family violence
  • sexuality
  • sleep disorders
  • parenting concerns
  • bullying
  • racism. 

However, there are plenty of practical things you can do to improve your mental health and wellbeing. These include:

  • eating well
  • getting a good night's sleep
  • regular exercise
  • spending time with your friends and family
  • talking about how you feel with people you
  • trust
  • doing activities you enjoy
  • taking time to relax.

Try the following tips and tools for more information about looking after your mental health and wellbeing. If you feel these tips and tools are not working, try talking to someone you trust, your GP or support services.