Stressed-out men wanted for on­line health sur­vey

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Men of all ages and back­grounds are needed for a new study on well­be­ing.

The Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion is look­ing at how men ac­cess and use in­for­ma­tion to sup­port them­selves dur­ing stress­ful life events.

Par­tic­i­pants will be asked to com­plete a short on­line sur­vey where they will an­swer ques­tions about work, friend­ships and the way they use in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vices.

Fo­cus groups will also be set up dur­ing April for people to share their thoughts with re­searchers and their peers.

Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Judi Cle­ments says the study aims to dis­cover how men seek help when they are dis­tressed and what can be done to bet­ter reach them.

‘‘Re­search tells us that many men do not seek in­for­ma­tion and sup­port in a timely way,’’ Ms Cle­ments says.

‘‘This can ob­vi­ously have a big im­pact.’’

Checkup time: Both phys­i­cal and men­tal health checks are im­por­tant for men dur­ing times of stress.

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