Coronavirus (COVID-19)



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'Men and COVID-19' Webinars ...

1.  The Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact upon men.  While there is a broadly similar incidence and prevalence to women, men:

  • are faster at developing serious illness;
  • recover slower from the virus;
  • have a higher death rate.

There is also a broad range of mental health and social impacts upon men and the wider community which are a cause for concern.

To shine some light on this situation, the Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme invited Alan White, Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health, to present his insights into why this might be so via a one hour online webinar.  This took place on Wednesday 13th May 2020 at 11.00am.  Alan gave a presentation on the current evidence, and there was an opportunity for the audience to ask questions afterwards.

You can view a video of the webinar below or, to see it on a full screen, visit:




If you would like to access a copy of Alan's slides as a PDF file, please click here.




2.  The Engage Partners organised a further webinar on 'Men and COVID-19' to mark Men's Health Week 2020.  This was held on Wednesday 17th June 2020, and featured Dr Noel Richardson (Director, National Centre for Men's Health, IT Carlow) and Dr Paula Carroll (Health Lecturer and Researcher, Waterford IT).  This can be viewed below or, to see it on a full screen, visit:






3.  To mark International Men's Day 2020, HSE Health and Wellbeing - supported by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow - organised a webinar which explored the impact of COVID-19 upon the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys. Titled 'Men's Mental Health in these Challenging Times', this free event looked at issues such as farming, older men and young men, and included a mix of presentations, personal experiences and discussion.

This webinar can be viewed below or, to see it on a full screen, visit:



Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of the main presentations given by David Meredith, Aisling McGrath and Ian Power can also be accessed below ...

Isolation, Stress and Farmer Wellbeing in the Time of Covid-19 - David Meredith

Insights into the Impact of COVID 19 on Wellbeing Outcomes of Men’s Shed Members - Aisling McGrath

How's Your Head?: Young Voices During COVID-19 - Ian Power



4.  Every year, the Southern Area Men's Health Group in Northern Ireland runs a event to highlight an issue which impacts upon the well-being of local men and boys.  Due to COVID restrictions in early 2021, this was impossible.  Therefore, they decided to go online instead, and hold a webinar.

This free and upbeat event was held on Wednesday 31st March 2021, and focused upon men 'springing forward' after a long year marked by all things COVID.  Participants were treated to a fantastic morning, including: how Armagh Men’s Shed has weathered the COVID pandemic; an overview of the 'Jumpers for Goalposts' initiative - the inspiring story of how men in local communities used an informal kickabout to connect with each other; a COVID-19 Q&A session with Professor Luke O'Neill from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in Trinity College Dublin; having a laugh [because we all know this is good for your mental health] with professional comedian, Andrew Ryan.

This webinar (except the comedy set by Andrew Ryan) can be viewed below or, to see it on a full screen, visit:






Other Useful Resources:

Our friends in the Men's Health Forum GB have created a comprehensive portal of information on men and COVID-19.  You can access this at:

The Irish Global Health Network has a dedicated page on COVID-19 at:  This includes access to recordings of their series of webinars on this subject.

Global Health 50/50 - housed at University College London - provides a world-wide assessment of the gendered impact of COVID-19.  Visit: