Supportive Care Palmerston North & Feilding
Men’s Health is an important area for Supportive Care services at the Cancer Society. According to the Ministry of Health’s most recent statistics, over half of new cancer registrations are male. However, only 40% of the clients I see are men.
Why is this? There could be a number of reasons, but I think the main one is that men are not good at seeking help. Kiwi blokes are too staunch, too proud, too self-sufficient, and sometimes too scared, to show vulnerability.
We provide is a safe place for people to talk about their experiences of cancer. Whether in our fantastic Men’s Support Group (thanks Richard McLaslan for all your hard work!), through a referral to the Massey Cancer Psychology Service, or talking confidentially to me, I know our men benefit from talking about what they are going through.
Our Men’s Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, for men impacted by cancer. The group invites a different speaker each month, usually someone with a cancer or health focus, but not always. October saw Tim Cook speak on his trip to the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at Winsor Castle as part of the NZ Army Band – an interesting and fun talk.
We also have a Carers Family & Whanau Support Group that meet on the last Monday evening of the month, for anyone impacted by another person’s cancer.
Both of these groups are held at 7pm, Addis House, 135 Ruahine Street in Palmerston North.
If you or someone you know need support because of cancer please contact me on 3565355
Lewin Dickson, Supportive Care Co-ordinator