Men's Health Week 2018Wednesday 13th June 2018
12 noon and 2.00pm
Foyleside Shopping Centre , Derry-Londonderry
Thursday 14th June 2018
12 noon and 2.00pm
Ernseide Shopping Centre , Enniskillen
It is celebrated in many European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide. The overall aims of MHW are to:
1. Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
2. Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Almost fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong told the world that ‘the Eagle has landed’ and got out of the Lunar Module saying some of the most famous words in history: ‘One small step for [a] man. One giant leap for mankind’. This was certainly an iconic moment. Neil and his colleagues (Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) had taken a huge step into the unknown. There was a great challenge in front of them, but they met it head on. They were in a vulnerable situation, but they relied on each other’s support and the back-up of (as Neil later said) hundreds of thousands of people behind the project.
During Men's Health Week 2018, people in Ireland are also being asked to do something out of this world. Everyone is encouraged to work together to do at least one small practical thing to improve their own health and the health of men across the island.
The starting point for this year’s conversation about improving the health of males is to answer the question: ‘what’s your small step going to be?’... If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, then it might be time to think about doing something that will make a positive difference to the health of the men and boys that you have contact with and influence over. MHW 2018 offers a launch pad to do this. A whole series of one small steps for man will guarantee one giant leap for men’s health on the island of Ireland!
There is certainly a need to ask this question, as men, in Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young
• Local men die, on average, four and a half years younger than women do.
• Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death.
• Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
• Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable
Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, their prevalence among men may, in fact, rise in the future
To celebrate MHW locally, Men’s Action Network in conjunction with WHSCT Health Improvement will be here in Foyleside Shopping Centre on Wednesday 13th June between 12 noon to 2.00pm and Thursday the 14th June in Ernside. Men will be able to avail of health checks including:
BMI and Body Fat
Men will also be able to avial of 'Top Tips for Men’s health manual' as well as information and materials related to male cancers.
Animations: James Vincent, Institute of Public Health:
Countdown to MHW 2018
Full MHW 2018 animation
Anne Farrell, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus:
Derek (overcoming anxiety)
Vinny (weight loss)
Steve (health scare prompted weight loss)
Ciaran (beating Type 2 Diabetes)
Shauna O’Connor, See Change:
Rick (not hiding behind a mask)
Neil (talking about difficulties)
All of the clips below are available here:
Many men in Ireland like to have a drink. While there’s nothing wrong with this now and again, some men drink too much alcohol too often. Are you one of them? Heavy alcohol consumption doesn’t just affect the personal health of the individual who drinks it. It can lead to accidents, workplace problems, assaults, road traffic incidents, debt problems ...
But, how much is too much? To find out, visit:
Mental Health & Sleep
What Sleep Deprivation Does To Your Brain - Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Deprivation.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Disorders - Sleep Help for Those Diagnosed With ASD.
Sleep Help’s Full Collection of Resources - Make sense of the common issues affecting your sleep.
It is a misconception that smoking helps you to relax. In fact, it actually has the opposite effect on your body. The damage that smoking tobacco can have on your health is widely known. It can lead to cancers (such as lung, mouth, throat and bladder), as well as other problems including heart disease, stroke, bronchitis, emphysema and even impotence! Here’s the good news, tthe moment you stop smoking your health will start to improve. For advice and information on stopping smoking visit or phone
Food is more than just fuel to keep you going. What you eat (and how often you eat it) can help you to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, and keep you looking and acting younger. How a man eats throughout his life can help to predict how well he ages. There’s a lot of help around to point you in the right direction. For starters, why not visit:
Community Food and Nutrition Team Autumn Edition
Lack of physical activity, together with poor diet, has led to a huge number of men in Ireland now being classified as obese or overweight - and this figure is rising. However, there are other benefits to regularly being active. It reduces your risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis and depression, and helps you to increase your energy levels and to sleep better. Men need to get more active. Exercise makes us feel better, look better and live longer. It’s a no brainer! For information on how much exercise you need and ideas on how to get more, visit:
Are you: Not sleeping properly? Sweating for no apparent reason? Irritable? Feeling like you’ve lost your appetite? Finding it hard to concentrate? Very anxious most of the time? ... If so, it’s important to know that these are some of the most common signs of stress.
Stress can trigger mental health problems such as depression, but it can also bring on physical conditions such as headaches, indigestion, back pain, muscle tension, nausea, dizziness and skin complaints (amongst other things). Everyone experiences stress. It’s part of life. However, problems arise when the amount of stress a person faces is greater than their ability to cope with it alone.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, find help and advice at:
Heart disease is one of the biggest killers of men in Ireland. However, it’s important to remember that in many cases this condition is often preventable and, if diagnosed in time, can be treatable. Heart health can be affected by what we eat, how much exercise we take, if we smoke, the amount we drink, if we are overweight ... These are all things that we have some control over. Therefore, it’s important that we know the facts and act on them.
For help and guidance, visit:
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers on the island of Ireland. As a man, your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer is one in eight. That’s pretty high. The weather in Ireland can often be overcast and cloudy. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that when the sun shines, it seems that every fella in the country wants to get outside, get their shirt off, and feel the heat. However, did you know that even on cloudy days you can be exposed to 90% of the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays? Indeed, even if you keep your shirt on, some materials are so thin that they let almost all the UV rays through. Skin damage remains after your sunburn fades. You need to be sun savvy. For top tips, visit:
Many men talk a lot about sex. However, most will also admit that they feel very uncomfortable talking about sexual health issues.
It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi or trans - you still need to know the important facts about sexual health and where to find help if you need it. To get you started, have a look at:
launch of the N Ireland Sexual Health Campaign which took place (17th June 2015) at Queens
Access the PDF here
Below is a collection of fact sheets from the Western Health and Social Care Trust in Partnership with the Public Health Agency
These links have been suggested by Men's health workers and our partner organisations:
Get Ireland Active App - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/get-ireland-active/id829681079?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cpdsessions.exercise_app&hl=en
www.runkeeper.com - makes tracking workouts fun, social, and easy to understand so that you can improve the quality of your fitness
www.bluefinapps.com/ease-into-5k.html - eases you into 5k running
www.mapmyrun.com - logs your route, distance, time, food intake etc. and lets you share this info with your friends on facebook
www.gainfitness.com - provides a customised workout re. weight loss and provides a sweat calendar
www.mealsnap.com - takes a picture of your food and provides a calories breakdown
www.mymetdiary.com - food diary and calories content of food
NHS Football Fan Fitness Challenge https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-football-fan-fitness-challenge/id373504521?mt=8 -
rish Times eight week get running programme www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/get-running