Big crowd at health night

Mental health, testicular cancer, being yourself and being there for your mates were the main themes for the Men’s Health Night held at Lock recently.

Sixty men attended the health night where they heard from three excellent guest speakers.

Lock Health Centre chairman, Jamie Siviour said to have 60 guys come along was fantastic. 

“Our health nights continue to gain popularity and it is great to have this number come along and hear about their health, but also importantly, to get together in a fun environment where they can openly talk about matters that affect them,” he said.

“The advisory committee continues to put these nights on free of charge and our thanks goes out to our sponsors and the ladies on the advisory committee and the wives of the male committee members for once again providing us with a great meal.”

The aim of the night is to bring the men of the community together for a fun night out and at the same time learn about their health.

Martin Jarvis, a tuna boat skipper from Port Lincoln, spoke about his experience with testicular cancer.

While making the subject as light hearted as possible he continually stressed the importance of self examination and the advantages of early detection and treatment.

Ray Boehm gave the men an insight into his mental health journey and openly discussed his depression and how it affected his work, social and family life.

Those attending the night appreciated his openness and willingness to share his experience which gave everyone something to think about in relation to their own lives and mental health.

He also stressed the need for seeking help early whether it be talking to mates, partner or professional help.

He urged everyone to look out for and be there for their mates and to ask the question, “are you ok?”, not once but a second time and find out the real answer.

Jules Bailie, Tumby Bay farmer and former Farmer Wants a Wife contestant, gave a humorous insight into what happened during the filming of the Farmer Wants a Wife reality TV show.

Mr Bailie explained the need to keep grounded and to be yourself and try not to get caught up with everything that is happening around you to be pressured into being something you are not.

By doing this he found the TV show a fun experience with his personality allowing him to be friends with both the other contestants and the production crew.

The three speakers gave good balance to the evening sharing both important medical information as well as a very comical side to lighten the discussion.