Join the conversation and help inspire men to seek support instead of just enduring tough times. Tackling the Challenge, Talking Men’s Health, is a unique and potentially life changing exhibition, to be launched at the Moss Vale Civic Centre’s Atrium on Thursday 1st June, between 2pm – 3pm.
The exhibit, run by South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) and its project partners, aims to encourage local men to share their experiences of dealing with personal crises and their journey towards recovery. The hope is to motivate men to seek support instead of silently enduring tough times.
On display will be photographs and stories of local men like, Mark Tayar, who have chosen to speak publicly about dealing with their personal crises, recovery, or other related challenges. ‘As a gay man, coming out of the closet was really hard but coming out of the mental health closet was even harder because the stigma is more intense against mental illness than the gay community,” Mark says. “When someone says you are schizophrenic, you don’t have to take on that label. Coming out and sharing your story is very important. Coming out to yourself first and then to others.”
This exhibition will coincide with Men’s Health Week, 12-18 June 2023, which is held annually to bring attention to the health issues men face. It’s a great opportunity for everyone in our community to take the time to encourage the men in our lives, to prioritise their health and wellbeing.
‘I hope this exhibition will encourage more men to talk more openly about their physical health, mental health, and overall wellbeing just like they do with sports and current affairs. But, more importantly, for men to reach out and ask for help when they are not feeling well’, said Henry Lim, SWSLHD Mental Wellbeing Health Promotion Officer.
Jillian McArdle, Community Development Officer, Wingecarribee Shire Council, said “We are excited to share this important message with our community, as mental health and well-being are top priorities for the Council”,
The exhibition will run from 1-31 June 2023, during opening hours, at the Civic Centre Moss Vale. Entry is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Registrations for the launch are not essential but will assist with catering:
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