Weâ€™re now only weeks away from International Men's Health Week (MHW), which begins on Monday 12th June and runs until Sunday 18th June 2023 (Fatherâ€™s Day).
Not too long ago, we were unaware of the full extent of menâ€™s poor health status and the specific health issues that they are contending with.Â However, this is no longer the case.Â In recent years, a broad range of research has highlighted the health challenges which face men in Ireland and further afield.Â For example, see the Menâ€™s Health in Numbers reports at: www.mhfi.org/news/1096-men-s-health-in-numbers.htmlÂ Â
Yet, although the health of men in Ireland is sometimes poor, it is not a â€˜lost causeâ€™ - and it can be improved in many significant ways.Â Men, themselves, need to play a central role in taking control of their health and wellbeing.Â However, menâ€™s health is not just an issue for individual men and their health can often be determined by other factors outside of their personal control.Â Thus, there is also a need for policy-makers, service providers, and society as a whole to recognise the role that they need to play, and to do something tangible about it.
It is very common to hear people on the island of Ireland saying: â€˜ah, sure, your manâ€™s the picture of healthâ€™.Â During Men's Health Week 2023, everyone is being asked to think about what their â€˜picture of healthâ€™ might look like.Â More importantly, everyone is also being asked to set themselves simple, realistic and practical tasks to make this a reality.
As always, the overarching aims of MHW are to:
-Â Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
-Â Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities.
-Â Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
However, any and all activities / actions to mark this occasion are very welcome.
To find out more about the week, visit: www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-2023.html