Around 40 men and their families from across the region gathered at the Gympie Masonic Centre on Monday to talk about men’s mental and physical health, with the aim of improving the lives of men across the Gympie region.
The event, hosted by the Gympie Freemasons, was part of a series of state-wide Men’s Health Matters sessions run by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, in collaboration with community health non-profit CheckUP, focusing on improving men’s mental and physical health.
The awareness campaign was launched in September last year and has travelled across the state, visiting towns and supporting local communities.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering people to lead better lives was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.
“Improving men’s mental and physical health both at a state-wide and grassroots level is part of our charitable focus, which is why we partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially life-saving initiative to communities across Queensland,” 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 through these crucial local events.”
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.
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said the event provided a safe forum for men to talk about their experiences and health journey.
“Through this event, attendees were encouraged to put their health first and actually have a conversation about how they are feeling both mentally and physically,” Ms Liddy said.
Gympie Freemason Murray Wegner said the lodge was proud to have facilitated the delivery of the Hand Heart Pocket and CheckUP’s Men’s Health Matters event.
“It was fantastic to be able to provide such an informative and valuable event to the people of Gympie, highlighting how men and their families can take a more proactive approach to address men’s physical and mental health,” Mr Wegner said.