An event hosted by the Maleny Freemasons last Friday saw over 40 men and their families come together to learn how to lead better lives at the Men’s Health Matters event.
Held at the Maleny Masonic Centre, the event was part of a series of state-wide 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 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.
Maleny Freemason Arthur Trass said the local Men’s Health Matters event was crucial in kick-starting the conversation around men’s health in the small hinterland community.
“The Men’s Health Matters event from Hand Heart Pocket and CheckUP has already helped make a positive change within the Maleny community by getting people to at least talk about how men can improve their health,” Mr Trass said.