Fatherhood - A Life Changing Relationship

Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best known parent educators.  A psychologist for 30 years, his books (including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, Raising Girls, The New Manhood and Fully Human) are in four million homes and 31 languages.  They have influenced the way we look at childhood and, especially, the development of boys and men.  In this webinar - which is being organised by the Dads Direct network in Northern Ireland - Steve will share some of his insights on the important role of fatherhood.  This online event will take place on Thursday 16th June 2022, at 9.15am, and places can be booked at:

Men in Mind

Global Action on Men's Health (GAMH) will be hosting a series of webinars over the next 18-24 months.  The first, on Monday 6th June 2022, will focus on men's mental health.  Men’s mental health and wellbeing continues to be overlooked in policy and practice, despite increasing evidence of men’s distress and its consequences - such as alcohol and drug misuse, gambling and other addictions, body image disorders, aggressive and violent behaviours, as well as suicide.  Book a place at:

Farmers Have Hearts Action Research

More than eight out of ten Irish farmers who participated in the Farmers Have Hearts Cardiovascular Health Programme made lifestyle changes to improve their heart health and reduced their risk of having cardiovascular disease, a major study has shown.  The programme engaged with more than 868 male drystock and dairy farmers in the South, Southeast and Midlands over a one-year period.  This involved completing a health check at the start and end of this period, and engaging in health-promoting behaviours such as improving diet or getting more physical activity.  Find out more at:

Attitudes to Mental Health and Suicide in Northern Ireland

In this new Research Update, Siobhan O'Neill (Northern Ireland's Mental Health Champion), Margaret McLafferty (Research Fellow, Ulster University) and Paula Devine (Director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times [NILT] survey) explore public attitudes to mental health and suicide in Northern Ireland.  This paper is based on data from the 2021 NILT survey, and was published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.  Download a copy at:

Health Inequalities Annual Report 2022

In April, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland published the Health Inequalities Annual Report 2022.  This publication presents a comprehensive analysis of regional health inequality gaps between the most and least deprived areas of Northern Ireland, and sub-regional gaps within Health and Social Care Trust and Local Government District areas across a range of health indicators.  Download a copy of the report at:


It is well established that HGV drivers are exposed to a number of health-related risk factors, such as shift work and long periods of sedentary behaviour (sitting), which contribute towards chronic conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.  New research, led by Loughborough University, investigated whether HGV drivers’ health behaviours could be improved using a specially designed ‘Structured Health Intervention For Truckers’ (SHIFT) programme.  The findings indicate that such a targeted health programme - including health education sessions, Fitbits, and lorry cabin workouts - can improve the activity levels of long-distance HGV drivers in the short-term.  Find out more at:

Sun Smart 2022

If you work outdoors, you are exposed to 2-3 times more UV radiation from the sun than people who work indoors - putting you at a higher risk of skin cancer.  If you spend all or part of the day regularly working outdoors you can reduce your risk of skin cancer and eye damage by protecting your skin and eyes from the sun.  Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage.  While sunburn is the most damaging, long term exposure (like working outdoors most days - even without burning) - also significantly increases the risk of skin cancer.  Find out more at: