Men’s Health Workers Receive President’s Community Fellowship Award at DIT

Saturday 25th February 2017 was a special day for men’s health.  On this day, Finian Murray (Men’s Health Development Officer, Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE), Niamh Farrell (Manager, Amen) and Colin Fowler (Director of Operations, Men’s Health Forum in Ireland) were three of the four recipients of Dublin Institute of Technology’s ‘President’s Community Fellowship Award’ for the years 2016-2018.  They were nominated for this award by staff from the Students Learning with Communities initiative within DIT.  This was in recognition of the outstanding contribution that all three made to students and staff in DIT through collaboration on community-based learning and research projects over the last number of years.

Pathways to Being Well - a Mental Health Guide for Ethnic Minorities in Ireland

Cairde has just published 'Pathways to Being Well - a Mental Health Guide for Ethnic Minorities in Ireland'.  This resource provides information on how to look after yourself in Ireland, and highlights the services available if you need support.  It is available in eight languages (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Russian) in both electronic and printed formats.  The booklet was developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that its content and visual presentation meets the needs of the target communities.  To order hard copies of the booklet, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wellness Tools Programme

The Mojo Project will be running a short 'Wellness Tools Programme’ for men living in South Dublin who feel that they are in distress.  This programme will run for six weeks from 21st March - 25th April 2017 in St Dominic’s Contact Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.  It will take place every Tuesday from 10.00am until 1.00pm.  The programme will focus on: mindfulness; meditation; therapy through art / creative writing / poetry; mediums of expressions to de-stress. 
For further information or to book a place, contact Catherine Mooney at Tel: 01 4649300 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Male Volunteers Needed for Glucose Response Study

A researcher from the Institute of Food and Health in University College Dublin (UCD) is carrying out a glucose response study in the male population.  They are looking to recruit male volunteers who are overweight and over 40 years of age to help with this study.  The volunteers will be invited to come to UCD on four separate occasions to consume a breakfast and a protein shot.  Small blood samples will be taken so that the researcher can look at how this protein can reduce blood sugar levels.  The input of participants may help with the design a food product which could regulate blood sugars after a meal - which will be especially useful to anyone who is diabetic.  For more information, contact Laura Keane on Tel: 01 7162851 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please Talk - Student Mental Health Movement

Have you heard about 'Please Talk'? ...   Please Talk is Ireland's student-led mental health movement in third level institutions.  If students experience problems at home, college, or in their private lives, they can visit where they can find support services either on-campus (by selecting their college) or off-campus through   Please Talk was first launched in January 2007 in response to the deaths of a number of students by suicide in University College Dublin.  It is supported by the Health Service Executive through the National Office for Suicide Prevention.  Please Talk urges students to understand that talking is a strength not a weakness and, if they’re experiencing problems while at college, there are people there who they can talk to.

Research into Getting Dads Involved

Parenting NI seeks to ensure that parents are involved in the design and development of services for families.  They are especially keen to improve understanding of what dads need and what they would benefit from.  To meet this aim, they are conducting a survey, and are seeking fathers to participate in it.  The questionnaire takes approximately 2-3 minutes to complete and responses will remain strictly confidential.  To get involved, visit:

Heroes of Hope Exhibition

This year, over 3,400 men in Ireland will hear the words: 'you have prostate cancer'.  However, for most, such a diagnosis does not mark the end of their journey.  Thanks to early detection and advances in treatment, there are over 26,000 prostate cancer survivors in Ireland today.  Over 90% of men diagnosed with the disease will survive.  While coping with cancer treatment can be difficult, the Marie Keating Foundation is shining a light on these stories of prostate cancer survival to give hope and support to men affected by the disease.  The 'Heroes of Hope’ exhibition shares the experience of 15 different men who have survived this cancer.  These men have one thing in common: they are living proof that while being diagnosed with prostate cancer will change your life, there is life after it.  The exhibition has now moved to the Aviva Stadium and will be there until the end of March 2017.  It is in an outdoor area of the stadium, beside Lansdowne Road West, at the DART underpass.  This area is permanently open and accessible for visits at anytime.  The exhibition will be on display here during the Six Nations rugby matches as well as during two soccer internationals.

Launch of Healthy Food for Life

In December 2016, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, launched 'Healthy Food for Life' - the new Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid for the Republic of Ireland.  Healthy Food for Life is a practical resource for the general population (five years of age and over).  Its aim is to provide people with the nutrition advice needed to achieve a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight and encourage positive lifestyles.  To find out more, visit: