The Maryborough Freemasons recently hosted an event where over 30 men and their families came together to put men’s overall wellbeing and mental health first.
Held at the Maryborough Masonic Centre, the Men’s Health Matters event was part of a series of state-wide sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP.
The free information session was delivered by a registered psychologist and covered a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.
The campaign was launched in September last year and is visiting towns and supporting local communities across the state.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering men to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.
“A big part of our charitable focus is centred around improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this critical initiative to regional Queensland communities,” Mr Mark said.
“Hand Heart Pocket, in partnership with CheckUP, is committed to providing the support and encouragement men need in order to lead better lives.”
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a supportive forum for men to talk about their life experiences and health journeys.
“Through this event men from across the Fraser Coast region were encouraged to open up their hearts and minds by putting their own health first in both a physical and mental sense,” Ms Liddy said.
Maryborough Freemason Russell Darcy said the Men’s Health Matters event was crucial in showing men in the community that it was not a weakness to express their feelings and seek help in living better lives.
“This event, really helped educate local residents about the importance of shining a light on men’s health and the harmful impact not talking about these things can have on individuals,” Mr Darcy said.
“The workbook was particularly popular among the attendees and will be a good source to refer back to.”
“The session was vital in showing how our community could all work together to support the men in our lives through the tough times and into the good times.”