Men and Cancer Roundtable

The European Cancer Organisation is holding a virtual roundtable on Men and Cancer on 28th April 2022.  This meeting aims to: increase awareness about the excess cancer burden in men in Europe; identify what can be done to improve men's cancer outcomes in terms of practice and policy; explore the current key issues in prostate cancer; and suggest next steps for the European Cancer Organisation.  More information about the event, and how to register, is available at:

West Be Well

The West Be Well website offers information on voluntary, statutory and community groups involved in wellbeing, mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiatives in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.  Visit the site at:

We All Feel It

Data suggests that mental health is a top concern for the young males who contact Childline, with almost half (46%) of their counselling sessions focused on mental and emotional wellbeing.  However, when you look at the gender split for overall contacts to the service, young males are still hugely under-represented (just 14% of sessions were with young males).  Check out this video from Childline which targets young males:

TAKE 5 in the Great Outdoors

The Southern Area Men's Health Group (in counties Armagh, Down and Tyrone) is issuing a challenge to all men in its catchment area: 'C'mon lads - step outside and TAKE 5 in the great outdoors'.  TAKE 5 offers five simple, practical and realistic challenges which have been shown to improve everyone's mental fitness.  By combining these with getting outside, you have the ultimate winning combination - perfect for men of all ages!  Check out this video to see what they're talking about:   Each day, between Monday 25th and Friday 29th March 2022, local fellas are invited to join a free activity which will take place outdoors in nature.  Every day has a different focus.  Five days, five locations, five activities - there's something for everyone on at least one of the days.  To find out more and, importantly, about how to join-in, click here.  However, places for each event are limited - so get in there early!!!

Tender Invitation: Review of the Healthy Ireland Men Action Plan

Ireland was the first country in the world to adopt a National Men’s Health Policy, and other countries are now building upon the pioneering spirit and practical learning from the Irish experience.  This Policy was succeeded by the publication of a National Men’s Health Action Plan called ‘Healthy Ireland - Men, 2017-2021’ which was a significant and important step in continuing the momentum and progress that had been achieved in the area of men’s health policy in Ireland in recent years.

As this Action Plan has now come to the end of its tenure, an independent consultant(s) is being sought to review the progress which was made during the lifespan of this plan, as well as map out the future direction of a new plan.  The deadline for return of tender submissions will be 5.00pm on Friday 25th February 2022.  However, as the deadline for receiving bids is quite short, the selection panel do not expect very lengthy submissions.
Full details can be accessed at:

Merry Christmas 2021

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in the Men's Health Forum in Ireland!

However, we know that the holidays can often be a stressful and worrying time for many people - and the continuing COVID-19 situation adds even more pressure to everyone.  Therefore, please remember that if you need help and support over the Christmas period, you can always contact ...

-  The Samaritans (all Ireland) - Freephone 116 123
-  Pieta House (RoI) - Freephone 1800 247 247
-  Lifeline (NI) - Freephone 0808 808 8000

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Scaling What Works in Community and Workplace: Movember Grants

Are you delivering an incredible programme improving outcomes for male mental health, and do you want to work with a global leader in men’s health to take it to scale? …  This month, Movember has launched a global funding round of over €6.6m / £5.7m called ‘Scaling What Works - Community and Workplace’.  In the Republic of Ireland, a total of €500,000 will be available to fund the scaling of up to three informed early intervention and/or prevention initiatives that have delivered significant impact in improving male mental health, and preventing male suicide across community and workplace settings.  In the UK (including Northern Ireland), a total of £2.4m will be available to fund the scaling of up to twelve initiatives.  To find out more or apply, visit:  Please note that Phase 1, Letter of Intent, closes on 31st January 2022.