Student Health and Wellbeing has a range of specialist services aimed at targeting the key wellbeing areas for our students. One of those programs is the Men’s Health and Wellbeing program.
Our Senior coordinator of Men’s Health and Wellbeing, psychologist Jason Campbell, describes the program and what is on offer:
“At La Trobe, we recognize the unique needs of male and male-identifying students when it comes to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing”. The role of the Men’s Health and Wellbeing program is to help support you in achieving your own goals and what you want to get out of life.
Why a Men’s wellbeing program?
Beyondblue reports more than 70% of men experiencing issues with mental health do not access support services and less than 20% see their GP about mental health. At least one-third of young people experience a mental illness by the time they’re 25 years old. Tragically, men are also three times more likely to complete suicide.
In spite of these statistics, we know that men are less likely to seek help than women. For example, only one in four men who experience anxiety or depression access treatment and overall, only 27 per cent of men seek professional help.
Men seeking support – it’s not always easy
We understand that sometimes men can find it challenging to seek out support. We know there are often beliefs we inherit as men that we need to be independent, to be strong and sort things out for ourselves. Jason reminds us that “these can be great qualities, but they sometimes don’t help guys when they are struggling”.
“Thankfully men are learning to focus on their mental health and wellbeing and to consider that seeking support is also a sign of strength”. Jason notes “men are also wanting to have more conversations to help other men in their world (e.g., mates, Dad, brothers etc) and that is a big part of this program”.
Support for the Men of La Trobe
La Trobe University’s Men’s Wellbeing service is designed to provide dedicated support, information, and opportunities for connection for the men of Latrobe. Services include:
- Counselling tailored specifically for men. Yes, guys do seek counselling! “The reasons for seeking counselling and the support received is as individual as the men we see” Jason said. Support is tailored specifically to guys interested in looking after their mental health, men’s related issues or for guys that have a preference to see a male counsellor. Counselling is relaxed, confidential and tailored specifically for you and what you want to achieve.
- Workshops and group sessions: We work with the group Tomorrow man (ABC TV Series ‘Man Up’) who provide workshops on masculinity and posing the question of what it is to be a man today. These workshops are run intermittently during the year and are a great opportunity to connect with other likeminded men to continue the important conversation about men’s health.
- Men’s health and wellbeing information via “Frank: The men’s wellbeing blog”. Frank has interesting information on men’s health and wellbeing, updates and soon stories from guys themselves on how they look after their mental health.
The Men’s wellbeing counsellor is available for in-person or sessions via Zoom (all campuses). Book an appointment with Jason today.
Use our La Trobe University Crisis Line for Out-of-Hours Mental Health and Wellbeing Support. Phone 1300 146 307 or text 0488 884 100. This service operates 5pm-9am on weekdays and 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.
For information on men’s health and wellbeing check out “Frank: The men’s wellbeing blog”.