Believe it or not, it’s that time again. Yes, it’s time to get the most important date of the year into your new 2018 diary … International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself. This coming year, it will run from Monday 11th until Sunday 17th June 2018.
Even if this is not possible, why not put the dates of MHW 2018 into your new diary, and start thinking about how your group / workplace / church / community / sports club ... could do something to mark this week?
The first-ever guide to help men to keep working during or after a cancer diagnosis has just been published. ‘W orking W ith Ca n ce r’ (by the Eu rop e an Men ’s Health Fo rum ) is a 12-page booklet that answers all the questions that working men (whether employed, self-employed or freelance) might have when cancer strikes. It was written by a working man with cancer; developed alongside a steering group which included working men with cancer; and read and commented on by working men with cancer. The booklet also addresses the employer’s perspective, the legal position, and issues around money and general health. To find out more and download a copy, visit: www.emhf.org/new-guide-working-with-cancer
A campaign has been launched to address the pressing need for greater awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its potential impact on millions of men and boys in the United Kingdom every year. 'Jabs for the Boys' aims to improve public education about HPV and the HPV vaccination. This follows new research which points to a startling lack of knowledge about the infection. The initiative’s website - www.jabsfortheboys.uk - looks to boost public knowledge of HPV, while offering advice and guidance to the parents of boys, boys themselves, and adult men about the pros and cons of HPV vaccination.
Lifeline Inishowen and the Men's Development Network have recently been rolling out the White Ribbon Campaign in Inishowen (Co. Donegal) to three secondary schools with over 2,000 students between them. On Monday 11th December 2017, the participants from Moville Community College, Carndonagh Community School and Coláiste Chineál Eoghain in Buncrana were awarded their White Ribbon Flags. White Ribbon Ireland is the national movement of the worldwide male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women. It has a presence in over 60 countries, and aims to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women by engaging boys and men to lead social change and to achieve gender equality.
Have you seen the Irish Cancer Society’s (ICS) top tips to help organisations to effectively communicate health information to men? … Around four in every ten men have low health literacy and this makes it hard for them to find, understand and use health information.
Following research conducted by ICS and University College Cork - supported by the National Adult Literacy Agency - a number of key recommendations were made that should be considered when developing health information for men. You can see their infograph at: www.mhfi.org/news/788-men-and-health-literacy.html
A Symposium is being held in Dublin on Friday 16th March 2018 to review and discuss a draft of the first ever Strategy on the Health and Wellbeing of Men in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region. The aims of this event are to seek the views of stakeholders and experts working in the area of gender and men’s health on key elements of the draft strategy, and to develop a set of recommendations based on the outcomes of the symposium for consideration by WHO when drawing-up the final strategy. The Symposium is, primarily, for non-governmental organisations across the 53 countries of the WHO-Europe region who have a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of men and boys and/or the role of men in promoting gender equality. The Me n ’s Health Forum in Ireland, Men ’s Hea lth Fo rum (GB ) and
The Zero Suicide Alliance is a partnership of Health Service Trusts, businesses and individuals who are committed to suicide prevention in the United Kingdom and beyond. The Alliance recently launched a new, free, twenty minute online suicide prevention training programme.
The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts / behaviour; help them to speak out in a supportive manner; empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support. To find out more, or to take the training, visit: www.zerosuicidealliance.com
Over the past three decades, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased markedly in Ireland and worldwide. While the personal and social costs of this global phenomenon are incalculable, researchers and policy makers in a number of countries have estimated the economic costs of overweight and obesity. Safefood has commissioned a report on current and projected lifetime costs on the island of Ireland as part of its ongoing work to guide and inform responses to this public health crisis. The report can be accessed online at: www.safefood.eu/SafeFood/media/SafeFoodLibrary/Documents/Publications/Research%20Re ports/Cost-of-childhood-obesity-Report.pdf
A major European internet survey aimed at men who have sex with men (MSM) has been launched in Ireland. EMIS 2017 aims to generate data to understand the sexual health needs of MSM, including gay, bisexual and transgender men. This data will also be used to help direct HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention programmes. EMIS 2017 takes around 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous. If you are over 17 years of age, living in Ireland, and are a man who has sex with other men, you are invited to participate. The survey can be found at: www.demographix.com/surveys/3Y9Q-VHRX/6BNEKQJV
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