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Men's Health Week

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. It aim is to give all men and boys access to the information, services and treatment they need to live healthier and longer lives, whilst reminding them the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Statistics show that men have a shorter life expectancy than women, with 1 in 5 dying before the age of 65. Men are more likely to engage in risky behaviour such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and avoiding seeking medical help until symptoms become severe.

The key objectives to this week include:

  • Education - raising awareness about common health issues that affect men specifically, such as heart disease, prostate cancer, mental health, and obesity. This is in order to educate men and their loved ones and shed light on topics that are often overlooked.

  • Prevention - encouraging men to take proactive steps to prevent health problems before they occur. This can involve adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and seeking regular medical check-ups, making positive choices that can prevent future health issues and allowing men to take control of their health.

  • Support - providing support and resources to men who may be experiencing health problems or challenges who might often feel uncomfortable discussing these issues. Promoting access to healthcare services and mental health support so they can find treatment and the help they need for early intervention.

  • Engagement - encouraging men to actively engage in their health and well-being. Promoting open conversations about health-related topics and encouraging men to seek support from their friends, family, and healthcare professionals when needed, breaking down the stigma surrounding health issues among men.

It is important to seek medical attention if you are concerned about your physical health or mental health. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss any physical changes to your body, or if you are struggling with your mental health. There are also various services and organisations that your GP can recommend to support you in looking after yourself and maintaining better health.

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