RESEARCH shows “burnout”, or emotional and physical exhaustion, is predisposing men to depression and substance abuse, and in the workplace is leading to higher rates of absenteeism and even workplace accidents.
Even more worrying, despite society’s efforts to date to shine a light on the issue, many men are still suffering alone, refusing to acknowledge or seek help for their condition. Now, following on from the successful Understanding Anxiety in Men, the College of Universal Medicine has launched an online program titled Understanding Men with Depression and Exhaustion.
The course weaves together complementary and traditional medicine, psychology, nutrition and physiology alongside a pragmatic understanding of the challenges today’s men face in everyday life, by five presenters deeply committed to men’s wellbeing.
Presenter and complementary therapist Michael Benhayon said depression and exhaustion have rapidly become common concerns – the “new normal” – in the lives of many men.
“The effects of depression and exhaustion are vast and far-reaching leaving men feeling run down, moody, agitated, disengaged, tired and overwhelmed,” he said.
“This course is specifically designed to respond to this growing trend, offering men an opportunity to deepen their understanding, develop their awareness and gain insight into the many contributing factors that leave them feeling depressed and/or exhausted.”
The five presenters are men from diverse fields and include a social worker, complementary health practitioner, a builder, massage therapist, and a pharmacist.
What they share is a commitment to looking pragmatically at what is causing the rising rates of depression and exhaustion; to no longer condoning these issues being ignored or seen as something to be ashamed of.
The course aims to help men feel comfortable about seeking medical advice and/or counselling, and as one presenter puts it, “developing a healthy relationship with our feelings – not judging them as good or bad but simply allowing us to feel what is there to be felt”.
At any given time in Australia, 1 in 8 men will be experiencing depression, and suicide continues to be the leading cause of death for men aged from 25 – 44.
In many cases, the effects of depression and exhaustion can be subtle and go unnoticed, commonly resulting in men withdrawing from family and friends, working overtime or adopting unhealthy behaviours as a means to cope.
For more information and to enrol visit Understanding Depression and Exhaustion in Men course.