TAKE ACTION: Today, at the start of Men’s Health Week, Hunter Region men are being encouraged to smash stereotypes by listening to their bodies and getting help.SOME men will agree with this information while some others will not.
That is, men need to lift their veil of silence and to express their feelings instead of saying “I’m good” because it’s a fact they will talk about cars and sport but are not prepared to discuss the workings of their own body;they think by talking to others about their health problems may be a sign of weakness on their part.
Men need to change their way of thinking because it’s very important for those men who have health problems that they don’t succumb to the temptation to just bury their heads in the sand and pretend there is nothing wrong.
Women on the other hand tend to be more open about their health issues, whereas men will clam up and go about their normal lives denying a problem exists. I think it’stheir defence mechanism against feeling insecure because of an inability to cope in coming to terms with the issue.
This kind of thinking can also manifest itself in other ways often, like keeping their health problem a secret from their family and friends.
However at the end of the day men need to “man up” and accept they are not bullet proof, their human bodies at some stage in life may have health issues and to be aware of the consequences and the risk associated by not acting on what their body is telling them.
At that point in time men should take heed to those warning signs and consult with their doctor about their concern. Not next week, or the week after, but right away – and take note of all the information their doctor is telling them. Remember seeking help is not a sign of weakness. You cannot change the past what you have or have not done, but you are in control of your future.
Men’s Health Week runs from June 12-18.
Barry Preston, chairman, Cessnock Prostate Cancer Support GroupSpeaking of donationsI WRITE in response to the Newcastle Inner City Residents Alliance (NICRA) spokesman’s antipathetic ‘apology’ to former Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy (Letters, 9/6).
The spokesman again impels bias by implying it is easy to ‘confuse Mr McCloy as a Liberal’. My opinion is that Mr McCloy is a clever independent businessman and a passionate Novocastrian.
If anything, he backs a winner when he sees one and,as ICAC proved, asked for nothing in return.
What I want to bring to the NICRA spokesman’s attention is the electoral disclosure of the NSW state election, 2007. The disclosed contributions received by donors show a donation of $27,500 paid to the Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch) from the J R McCloy Family Trust.
I’m not interested in the legalities of the non-disclosure of the 2011 NSW state election. I would however greatly like to see the NICRA spokesman amend their Liberal bias agenda setting theory to include the Labor Party at their pleasure.
Brendan Tate,MerewetherNothing left to tightenWHILST I am outraged by the news that wholesale electricity prices have doubled in the last 12 months, I am in no way surprised (‘Power Shock: bills could soar by $660’, NewcastleHerald,8/6).
As Treasurer, Gladys Berejiklian was Mike Baird’s chief architect in the privatisation of our poles and wires.
At the time of the selloff, Labor argued that privatising a state-owned asset would guarantee price hikes, adding to the cost of living for people in NSW.
Not only did Ms Berejiklian ignore this warning, but I believe the Liberal government went to extreme lengths to maintain artificially high wholesale energy prices in order to fatten up the pig for market day.
The reality is Energy Australia have now increased their hardship program tenfold and St Vincent de Paul are warning consumers to “hold on to their seats and get ready for a bumpy ride” when it comes to power prices in NSW.
There are people in my community who simply can’t draw their belts in any tighter and it is clear to me that the Berejiklian government could not care less.
Yasmin Catley, Member for Swansea,shadow minister for innovation and better regulationA very important minuteWATCHING a sporting event is Australian as meat pies, Vegemite and rhubarb. When there is a tragedy everyone stands for a minute’s silence before the game as a sign of respect and solidarity, to show the deep concerns that translate deeper than their own plight and honour the dead and the suffering of those affected.
Watching the Socceroos last Thursday night stand shoulder to shoulder in unison to pay respect to the victims of the London terrorist attack that killed eight people, two of which were young Australian girls, I was overcome with pure rage.
The rage I felt was for the contemptuous act of the 11 so-called sportspeople representing Saudi Arabia in the World Cup qualifier.
Why was I so enraged? After all, some might say it is not their custom to acknowledge the time-honoured custom. I believe everyone has their own opinion and is entitled to voice that opinion whenever they choose.
I must be getting senile in my old age or just a cranky old man. After all when a Brazilian plane crashed last year the whole word united to remember those that perished in the disaster. Yes, even these same bunch that stood for a minute’s silence in a friendly soccer match against the Brazilian national side.
It is a sad reflection on not only these sad 11 souls, but their whole country and in effect the religious beliefs they hold so dear.
Sixty seconds is only one minute out of their precious lives, but it will stay with me a lifetime.
John Undery,Kotara SouthQuestioning the callsNATHAN Brown should take a leaf out of Geoff Toovey’s book and call for an investigation.
It appears to me that all the referees are treating Newcastle like second-class citizens – every time the Knights score a try it is an inquisition for five minutes to find a way to disallow the try.
The only time this season they got a fair go was when they beat the Raiders and they got some 50/50 calls.
I think the bunker referee on Friday night should be given his marching orders.
Allen Small,East Maitland