IT'S fair to say many men feel they can't talk about their physical or mental health.
This Men's Health Week, June 11-17, Australian men are being urged to have a chat about their health with a mate or someone they trust.
According to male reproductive health program Andrology Australia, having a conversation with someone in your family, a mate at work, in the men's shed, at band practice or the local sporting club can prevent a minor problem turning into something bigger.
Andrology Australia chief executive Simon von Saldern said it's important to remind men they are not alone.
"Many men experience problems with their reproductive health, and these can be linked to more serious problems, like heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression but they often ignore the symptoms," he said.
"We're hoping this campaign will raise awareness about the importance of talking to someone around you and the huge benefit this can have on one's health.
"We've developed a huge amount of free resources which are available now to support the campaign along with the information that can be found on our website."
Andrology Australia was established in 2000 with funding from the federal Department of Health and Ageing and administered by Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University.
The program operates nationally and brings together health and education experts to raise the awareness of male reproductive health disorders and their associations with chronic disease.
For more information visit andrologyaustralia.org/mens-health-week
What every bloke needs to know
It's healthy to talk. Have a conversation with someone you trust.
You're not alone. Many men experience problems with their reproductive health, and these are commonly linked to more serious problems, like heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression.
Be informed. Having knowledge about potential problems is a good way to help avoid them. Andrology Australia has fact sheets and information booklets to view online or order free of charge
Don't ignore change. See your doctor for any concerns.