Some men can feel awkward when asked to discuss their own health.
But the topic will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Lifeline Macarthur Men’s Long Lunch at Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden.
Lifeline Macarthur event and partnership coordinator Lyndal Bruce said men and women were both welcome to attend the October 26 event.
Ms Bruce said the lunch aimed to promote an open discussion of all health issues, particularly mental health.
“We’re all about getting blokes talking about their own health,” she said.
“We want to show that it’s okay that you’re not feeling okay.”
Wests Tigers club legend John Skandalis and Harrington Park boxing star Daniel Geale will be special guests at this year’s long lunch.
Mr Skandalis and Mr Geale will take part in a question and answer session with attendees.
Other event highlights will include live entertainment, a silent auction and a free blood pressure check for participants.
The long lunch is being held in support of Lifeline Macarthur.
Based in Smeaton Grange, Lifeline Macarthur has run for 40 years and promotes emotional well-being in the region.
Ms Bruce said all funds raised would go towards Lifeline’s 13 11 14 Crisis Line, which is a suicide prevention service.
“Lifeline Macarthur has a pool of paid staff and fantastic volunteers and our service is available 24/7,” she said.
“We haven’t set a fundraising target for the long lunch but every dollar helps us take more calls to save lives.
“Our target is to make Australia free of suicide.”
The Lifeline Macarthur Men’s Long Lunch will be held at Upstairs at Fred’s on Friday, October 26 from noon to 3pm.
Tickets are available for $79 per person.
“We encourage everyone to come along because it’s a very worthy cause to get behind,” Ms Bruce said.
For more details or bookings, visit the Lifeline Macarthur website.