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The 'Men of Matilda' share their thoughts on men's health and wellbeing

11 June 2021
The men making a different in mental health and substance use research
Matilda Centre staff share their thoughts on health and wellbeing to help raise awareness for Men's Health Week.

Men's Health Week provides a platform to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage prevention, early intervention and treatment of disease among men and boys.

The Matilda Centre has some incredible men among the team. For Men's Health Week we asked some of them to share their thoughts on men’s self-care, mental health and wellbeing.


Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Paul is the Matilda Centre's Operations Manager, he supports and ensures a smooth course for the researchers that are making a difference in people’s live.

Men's health has changed. We can now confidently recognise when we need help, and offer help and support to each other. It's no longer a sign of weakness for men to say, 'Are you okay?' And it doesn’t make us lesser men when we have the courage to say, 'I need some help.'
Paul Newman

Jayden Sercombe

Jayden Sercombe

Jayden is a Research Assistant at the Matilda Centre working on a project looking at substance use and mental health of first responders.

It's important for men to have hard conversations about wellbeing. It's natural for my friends to just 'harden up', but this isn't the way to deal with things.
Jayden Sercombe

Associate Professor Tim Slade

Associate Professor Tim Slade

Tim is the Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Matilda Centre. Visit Tim's academic profile.

As a father of three I encourage open conversations about mental health with my kids. Normalising the topic breaks down stigma which is crucial to improving men's mental health.
Associate Professor Tim Slade

Dr Matthew Sunderland

Dr Matthew Sunderland

Matt is a Senior Research Fellow and Program Lead of Measurement and Methodology at the Matilda Centre. Visit Matt's academic profile.

We don't have to suffer through mental health issues alone and there are treatments that can help. The first step is to talk to someone whether it is family, friends, your GP, or a support helpline.
Dr Matthew Sunderland

Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson

Jack is a PhD student at the Matilda Centre investigating how cannabis use impacts people with opioid dependence.

Try to equip yourself with activities that make you feel both happy and healthy. I find that cooking and exercise work really well for me!
Jack Wilson

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