Rotary Men's Wellness campaign wins SA Men's Health Award

The Rotary Men’s Wellness campaign has won the South Australia Men’s Health Awards.

The Rotary Men’s Wellness Campaign is a travelling photographic exhibition of 30 men from across Eyre Peninsula that visited 10 towns. It aimed to highlight men’s mental health, educate and inform men about resources and services available, and work at removing the stigma around talking about mental health issues.

The Australian Men’s Health Forum Awards are being made across Australia this week during Men’s Health Week from 10-16 June.

On Monday in Brisbane,  TradeMutt took out the Brisbane ‘trophy’ and yesterday in Canberra, Men’s Health Downunder took top honours with Mr. Perfect claiming top honours in NSW. Yesterday in Hobart, Men with Heart by Tasmen, won the Tasmania Awards and HALT (Jeremy Forbes) was top place in Victoria.

Nominations were received across Australia for the Awards and shortlisted according to the key criteria that they provide the most impactful male-friendly service to enhance the lives of men and boys. The short-list was put to a public vote. 

The Rotary Men’s Wellness campaign allowed isolated men to connect with an important message. Each host town held an opening night which consisted of male guest speakers sharing their stories, with beer and nibbles creating an informal atmosphere.  A brochure called Mentally Fit Bloke was created to provide men with information about services. The content was also turned into drink coasters to help reach out to men in pubs and sporting venues.

The team behind the project saw an increase in contacts from men across the region. They say the feedback from local communities, the demand for coasters from sporting clubs and pubs, the increase in help-seeking behaviours and the positive feedback from families across the region is a testament to the success of the campaign.

In South Australia the following were also shortlisted from an outstanding field:

 The Rite Journey, a year-long Rite of Passage Program delivered in school settings which works with around 5,000 young men every year. The curriculum follows 4 themes: Who am I really? How do I get on with others? Is there something more? What do I have to give?

Hart Wellbeing: Anthony Hart is a men’s mental health advocate, with a clear focus on providing ‘early stage intervention tools’ people can use to help them better confront early signs of stress, anxiety and depression. Through Hart Wellbeing, he has developed the Lifeback Tracker App and delivered the Save Our Mates roadshow to 17 towns in South Australia.  

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