To celebrate International Menâ€™s Day 2023, HSE Health and Wellbeing - in partnership with the Men's Health Forum in Ireland, the Men's Development Network and SETU - has organised a webinar on the theme of 'Men Making a Difference'.Â At this event (on Thursday 16th November 2023, from Noon until 1.15pm), a wide range of men from across the island of Ireland will share their experience of what prompted them to become advocates for working with and supporting the health and wellbeing of males.Â Register for a free place at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SmLEaqkWTkykQF0ENUUSlg#/registration
Monday 14th August 2023 saw the publication of an article in the Sociology of Health and Illness Journal titled: 'Menâ€™s Health in Northern Ireland: Why do we need a menâ€™s health policy?'Â It was written by Erin Early and Paula Devine from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work within Queenâ€™s University Belfast.Â Check it out at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13697
Thereâ€™s no denying that the state of menâ€™s health on the island of Ireland is often poor.Â However, there are things which can be done to change this situation and men, themselves, can play a key role in doing this.Â â€˜Action Man - ten top tips for menâ€™s healthâ€™ is a new, free, Man Manual being distributed by the Menâ€™s Health Forum in IrelandÂ Â It was launched to mark Menâ€™s Health Week 2023, but was so popular that it is being re-printed for International Menâ€™s Day, which takes place on the 19th of November 2023.
This booklet doesn't preach or lecture - it simply explains: (i) WHY an action is needed; (ii) WHAT can be done about it; and (iii) HOW to find support if you need it.Â Thus, the ten top tips put men into the driving seat, and give men the tools and DIY instructions they need to make positive changes - if they choose to be their own â€˜Action Manâ€™.
-Â How many copies you would like.
-Â The name of the person to send them to.
-Â The full postal address (including a Postcode / Eircode) for delivery
-Â A contact phone number (in case there is a problem with the delivery).
The online version can be downloaded at: https://mhfi.org/ActionMan2023.pdf
The re-printing of this booklet has only been possible because of the generous support given by Healthy Ireland within the Department of Health.Â However, please note that this is a limited print run and, when the hard copies are gone, theyâ€™re gone!
'Movember' is seeking respondents in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States to submit proposals to their Prostate Cancer Health Equity Initiative.Â This initiative aims to fund projects that build or strengthen the evidence base of promising approaches that contribute to health equity.Â It focuses upon promoting inclusion and improved outcomes for marginalised and traditionally under-represented populations of men at risk of, or diagnosed and living with, prostate cancer.Â The purpose is to reduce disparities in prostate cancer outcomes - through generating new knowledge and strengthening evidence by accelerating adoption and implementation of that knowledge into practice.Â Find out more at Ireland: https://ie.movember.com/about/fundingÂ |Â UK: https://uk.movember.com/about/funding
Donâ€™t forget that Saturday 19th November 2023 is International Menâ€™s Day.Â Many groups and workplaces across the island of Ireland are hosting events to mark this important occasion, so keep an eye out for them locally.
The Elephant in the Room Movement - founded by former rugby player, pundit, psychotherapist and mental health advocate Brent Pope - is a creative initiative that sees four-foot-tall baby elephant sculptures being painted by well-known artists or celebrities.Â The project aims to encourage the normalisation of the mental health topic in every area of society throughout Ireland.Â Once the bespoke design has been applied to the elephant, it is mounted on a presentation plinth, with a naming plaque, and positioned in the likes of foyers and reception areas of businesses.Â The Elephant sculpture declares that the company or organisation takes mental health seriously in their workplace and, by having an elephant on site, they are showing their employees and visitors that they prioritise their mental health and are committed to supporting their wellbeing.Â For more information or to get involved, visit: www.elephantintheroom.ie
Three animations have been created by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, YouthAction NI and VOYPIC to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation as experienced by boys and young men.Â Check them out at: https://www.safeguardingni.org/latest/boys-and-young-men-animation-launch