About BINS4Blokes

We have three key objectives:

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To get BINS4Blokes disposal bins in male toilets Australia-wide

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To encourage men who live with incontinence to engage with the National Continence Helpline to get help with the management of their incontinence.

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To de-stigmatise male incontinence (for everyone, actually) and raise awareness about it.

We’ll use traditional and social media, direct engagement with key stakeholders (such as providers of toilets in public spaces) and leverage the networks and the reach of our supporting organisations.

Men need bins too

Bins for hygiene products are considered a given in women’s toilets these days. But what about in men’s toilets? If you ask the majority of the population they would scratch their head and say,

“why would a man need a sanitary bin?”

1.34 million Australian boys and men live with incontinence. For boys and men who use incontinence products, there are very few or no places for them to throw them out. This can make them want to stay put, not wanting to leave their homes and join in everyday activities.

Men need bins too – Find out more about incontinence in our Frequently Asked Questions, here.

A study of Australian men with urinary incontinence found:

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57%

intentionally kept accidents secret from those close to them

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50%

avoided situations where they could not access a toilet easily

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28%

avoid socialising, except with close family and friends

“My biggest fear was that my friends would find out. Eventually when I was 17, they did, and the taunts and bullying started.”

Matt (lives with bedwetting)

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Incontinence can reduce quality of life

People living with incontinence can be made to feel like outsiders. This can lead to retreat from work, social, physical and sexual activities, or hiding their incontinence. This adds to psychological distress and mental health issues. When the Foundation surveyed doctors (GPs), 69% stated men never or rarely spoke about continence issues in their appointments.

There is a clear link between incontinence and depression, with an Australian review finding that between 20 and 43% of people who live with incontinence, also suffered from depression.

Find out more about the causes of incontinence in our Frequently Asked Questions here.

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