Men en­cour­aged to take a health men­sus

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New Zealand men are fa­mous for keep­ing their cards close to their chest.

But this is a prob­lem, be­cause in New Zealand three out of four Ki­wiswho take their lives are men.

So, this year, Movem­ber New Zealand will be giv­ing New Zealand men an out­let, with zero judg­ment— a cen­sus (or what they’re call­ing a men­sus). Shar­ing or con­fronting an is­sue alone can help pre­vent men from com­mit­ting sui­cide.

Movem­ber is ask­ing men to an­swer sev­eral fun but im­por­tant ques­tions about their own men­tal well­be­ing. Ques­tions in­clude:

How do you see your­self? A. Bit of a drop­kick, B. Room for im­prove­ment, C. Peo­ple seem to like me, D. I like who I am, or E. I’m the man!

Which stresses you out the most? A. Money, B. Work stuff, C. Health, D. The War­riors, or E. Re­la­tion­ships.

The idea be­hind the men­sus is to un­der­stand and reveal what the men of New Zealand are ac­tu­ally think­ing and feel­ing, to bring to the sur­face what’s a very real prob­lem in New Zealand— that our men are tak­ing their own lives.

Robert Dunne, Movem­ber NZ be­lieves the men­sus is away to firstly get men to ac­knowl­edge how they’re feel­ing.

“We have de­lib­er­ately crafted a few laughs into some of the ques­tions, this is based on a cul­tural in­sight that hu­mour is a way in, to start an im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tion.

“Some­times men aren’t even aware they’re think­ing or feel­ing a cer­tain way be­fore it’s too late.

Sad­ness, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety some­times creep up on us but the­men­sus aims to pro­vide New Zealand men with an op­por­tu­nity to take a step back and pon­der ex­actly how they’re feel­ing.

“Ul­ti­mately, we’re hop­ing to un­cover a state of the na­tion . . . for our feel­ings, and give Kiwi men some use­ful tools for hav­ing a yarn and look­ing out for one an­other,” he says.

On­line, the men­sus will re­spond to par­tic­i­pants on com­ple­tion, of­fer­ing tai­lored mes­sages to help start a con­ver­sa­tion, or get help de­pend­ing on the an­swers se­lected.

Men around the coun­try will be able to an­swer the men­sus from Novem­ber 1 and some of the na­tion’s most well-known men have al­ready put their hands up to be among the first to com­plete it, in­clud­ing; Jere­myWells, Matt Heath, the boys from Kiwi hip-hop col­lec­tive SWIDT, All Black Brodie Re­tal­lick, New Zealand’s first bach­e­lor and en­tre­pre­neur Art Green, and rugby leg­end Josh Kron­feld to name a few.

At the end of the month, Movem­ber will make the re­sults and in­sights avail­able to the na­tion, with a spe­cial copy pre­sented to theMin­istry of Health.

Wear your mo with pride and take the men­sus.

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