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E-Male Matters November 2017

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International Men’s Day 2017

International Men's Day (IMD) takes place on the 19th of November each year. This day offers an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the important contribution that men and boys make to their families, friends, communities, workplaces, society and the world. However, it is also a time to highlight some of the key issues facing males, and to provide practical support and positive encouragement to overcome these. For example, the Belfast Men’s Health Group will be setting-up a stall in St. Georges Market, Belfast, on Friday 17th November 2017, from 9.30am - 1.00pm, and men of all ages are invited to drop by and avail of the following free services: blood pressure checks, Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment, smoking cessation advice (including carbon monoxide checks), healthy eating guidance, physical activity opportunities, self-help booklets / leaflets … Keep an eye out for IMD activities and events in your area. Better still, why not organise something yourself to mark this day!

 

Men and Health Literacy

To mark 'Movember' and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is offering 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. See their infograph at: www.mhfi.org/news/788-men-and-health-literacy.html

 

Inspiration from Iceland - Drug Prevention is Possible!

The South Eastern Drug and Alcohol Connections Service recently invited Jón Sigfússon, the Director of Youth at the Icelandic Centre for Social Research and Analysis (ICSRA), to come to Northern Ireland and share his knowledge of the inspirational Icelandic Drug Prevention Model. The aim was to identify effective, evidence-based prevention in the field of alcohol and other drugs which could be applied locally. In 20 years, Iceland went from the highest rate of alcohol and drug use amongst young people in Europe to the lowest. Find out more at: www.ascert.biz/news-events/news/blog-inspiration-from-iceland-drug-prevention-is-possible

 

Health Survey (NI): First Results 2016/17

The Public Health Information and Research Branch, Information Analysis Directorate, Department of Health NI has just published a summary of the main topics included in the 2016/17 Health Survey. The Department intends to produce a number of more detailed topic specific bulletins throughout 2017/18. These will be made available on the Health Survey page on their website at: www.health-ni.gov.uk/topics/doh-statistics-and-research/health-surveynorthern-ireland 

 

Dementia: Understand Together Launches Campaign

A new TV, radio and online advertising campaign to increase understanding and support for people living with dementia was recently launched by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, as part of the Dementia: Understand Together initiative. The campaign seeks to raise awareness, increase understanding, and address the loneliness and isolation experienced by people living with dementia and their families. It aims to show that people with dementia can be supported to live well, and that each of us can play a part by maintaining friendships and including people in community life. The launch of the campaign coincides with the official unveiling of a new website for people who want to find out more about dementia, which can be accessed at: www.understandtogether.ie

 

Shaping Future Health and Social Care Services

The Patient and Client Council’s Membership Scheme was set up in 2010/11 as a way to involve the public in health and social care issues. This initiative was the first of its kind within health and social care in Northern Ireland. Today, there are more than 12,000 people in the scheme. Their ages range from 16 years old to 90+. They come from all walks of life and every part of Northern Ireland, and include healthcare professionals, patients, carers and members of the public. Members can be involved by post, telephone, online or face-to-face and, in the past, have made significant contributions to a number of projects. These include: hospital meals, district nursing, respite services, car parking at health and social care facilities, infection prevention and control, and end-of-life care. If you’d like to know more about the Membership Scheme, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Matthew on Tel: 02895 361698.

 

23rd Annual Regional Sexual Health Conference 2017

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Sexual Health Training Team's 23rd Annual Regional Conference will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, from 9.00am - 5.00pm, in the Titanic Centre, Belfast. This year's event will focus upon inequalities in health for women, and will bring together a wide range of experts to present up-to-date research and projects from throughout the UK and Ireland. To book a place or to find out more, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 02895 047028.

 

Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

You are invited to a workshop hosted by the All-Island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood. This event, titled 'Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity', will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017, in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, from 9.30am - 1.30pm. The event will focus on the school as a setting for promoting a healthy weight in children, and will welcome a range of national and international expert speakers on childhood obesity. For more details, see: www.safefood.eu/Professional/Events/All-island-ObesityAction-Forum-Schools-can,-scho.aspx

 

Mini-Taster Mojo

Are you feeling like you have lost your Mojo? Have you been affected by employment issues? Are you feeling stressed? Are you: motivated to change; over 18; living in South County Dublin; able to participate in a programme for four weeks every Tuesday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm from 14th November until 5 th December 2017? … If so, this short programme (which will be held in Tus Nua, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22) might be of interest to you. To find out more, contact: Catherine Mooney, Mojo Progamme Manager, at Tel: 087 1471152

 

PMD Partners’ Study

The PMD Partners’ Study is recruiting partners of women who have experienced a mental health problem in the year after having a baby. For most families, having a baby is a happy occasion. However, a small number of women will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety, postnatal depression and/or postpartum psychosis that may or may not have received a clinical diagnosis. Often the woman’s partner can play an important role during this time, but we currently have little knowledge about what the partner experiences. This study aims to provide insights into understanding partners’ experiences in order to provide the support they need during this time. This study is being undertaken by Jill Atkinson, a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin and has been funded by the Health Research Board. If you would like to participate, or would like more information, please contact Jill on Tel: 087 0629892 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dementia: Research, Policy and Data on the Island of Ireland

www.dementiaresearch.ie is an online resource which provides an overview of data, research and policy on dementia across the island of Ireland over the five year period between 2010 and 2014. Users may search the site for links to policy documents, journals articles, reports and books, surveys and databases related to dementia in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This online resource is intended for use by researchers, policymakers and the voluntary and community sectors.

 

Worldwide Burden of Migraine Patient Survey

The Migraine Association of Ireland is supporting the Worldwide Burden of Migraine Patient Survey - a global survey which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the effect that migraine has on the lives of those who suffer from the disease. It is being conducted by by Novartis in association with the European Headache Alliance (EHA). EHA is a not-for-profit umbrella organisation for migraine and headache patient groups in Europe. If you would be willing to participate in this survey, visit: https://www1.surveys.gfk.com/wix/0/p22923230.aspx

 

European MSM Internet Survey 2017

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

 

Healthy Ireland Survey 2017 - Summary of Findings

This report provides an overview of results from the third wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey - an annual interviewer administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland. Survey data plays a number of roles, including supporting the Department in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas, and supporting better understanding of policy priorities. This third wave consisted of 7,487 interviews, conducted with a representative sample of the population aged 15 years and older. To see the findings, visit: http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/16-048825- Healthy-Ireland-Survey-18-October_for-printing.pdf

 

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E-Male Matters October 2017

Highlights from the E-male matters October 2017 newsletter

Listening to the People’s Voice

The Patient and Client Council (PCC) was created on 1st April 2009 as an independent voice for patients, clients, carers and communities in Northern Ireland. It has four statutory functions: (1) listen and act on people’s views; (2) encourage people to get involved; (3) help people make a complaint; (4) promote advice and information. Over the past seven years, the PCC has engaged with tens of thousands of people on a wide range of health and social carerelated issues through surveys, face-to-face interviews, workshops and contact with the general public at events. The PCC has also enabled service users to work in partnership with Health and Social Care to co-design and deliver meaningful service improvement in such areas as mental health and learning disability, chronic pain and rare diseases, as well as specific conditions such as fibromyalgia, ME, Stage IV endometriosis and recurrent miscarriage. For more information, visit: www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net

 

Coping with the Pressures of Farming

‘Coping with the Pressures of Farming’ was launched at the National Ploughing Championships 2017 by Mental Health Ireland and Teagasc. Staying well mentally is just as important as staying well physically. Dealing with stress and strain, and the ups and downs of life, are part and parcel of daily living. However, sometimes situations can lead to feelings of being unable to cope. On such occasions, being able to reach out to someone to talk to and get advice from can make all the difference to sorting out the problem. This publication has been researched and collated to address the many and varied issues that contribute to stress when not properly handled. Part 1 addresses the essential requirement to manage farming effectively and efficiently. Part 2 looks at mental health and wellbeing, with an emphasis on the more common mental health issues that can impact on day-to-day living. To access a copy of this booklet, visit: www.mentalhealthireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Copingwith-the-pressures-of-farming-1.pdf

 

Peer Mentoring for People Facing Cancer

Are you living with a cancer diagnosis? Would you or a family member benefit from someone to support you through your journey? ... If so, Action Cancer can provide a free Peer Mentoring service - available to both the patient and their family - throughout Northern Ireland. Trained volunteers, who have all come through their own personal cancer experience, offer a listening ear, support and guidance for your journey. For further information, contact Jane Gilmore at Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Tel: 02890 803356.

 

‘Suicide Prevention - What Works?’

Conference Contact NI will be holding their 7th Suicide Prevention - What Works? conference on Thursday 16th November 2017 in the Titanic Centre, Belfast. This year's event will reflect upon 'Stories Seldom Told ... Voices Seldom Heard' in the campaign to safeguard against suicide as a preventable harm. For further details and/or to book a place, visit: https://getinvited.to/suicideprevention/contact-suicide-prevention-what-works-conference

 

Date for your Diary: 23rd Annual Regional Sexual Health Conference 2017

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Sexual Health Training Team's 23rd Annual Regional Conference will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, from 9.00am - 5.00pm, in the Titanic Centre, Belfast. This year's event will focus upon inequalities in health for women, and will bring together a wide range of experts to present up-to-date research and projects from throughout the UK and Ireland. To book a place or to find out more, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 02895 047028

 

Head and Neck Cancer Conference 2017

You are invited to a two-day conference focusing upon head and neck cancer. This will take place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November 2017 in Blackpool, England. Day 1 will target health professionals and Day 2 is for patients and carers. For full details, see: www.yourcancerjourney.org.uk/conference

 

Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

You are invited to a workshop hosted by the All-Island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood. This event, titled 'Schools Can, Schools Do - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity', will take place on Tuesday 14th November 2017, in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, from 9.30am - 1.30pm. The event will focus on the school as a setting for promoting a healthy weight in children, and will welcome a range of national and international expert speakers on childhood obesity. For more details, see: www.safefood.eu/Professional/Events/All-island-ObesityAction-Forum-Schools-can,-scho.aspx

 

Mini-Taster Mojo

Are you feeling like you have lost your Mojo? Have you been affected by employment issues? Are you feeling stressed? Are you: motivated to change; over 18; living in South County Dublin; able to participate in a programme for four weeks every Tuesday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm from 14th November until 5 th December 2017? … If so, this short programme (which will be held in Tus Nua, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22) might be of interest to you. To find out more, contact: Catherine Mooney, Mojo Progamme Manager, at Tel: 087 1471152

 

Women and Men in Ireland 2016

The Central Statistics Office recently published 'Women and Men in Ireland 2016' which presents over 70 indicators that identify important gender differences in the activities of men and women in the Republic of Ireland, as well as how these relate to the international situation. Headline figures include: Irish women are more likely to have a third-level qualification than men; the vast majority of those who look after home/family are women (although the number of men looking after home/family nearly doubled in the 10 years up to 2016); more than three quarters of the TDs in Dáil Éireann are men; four out of every five people committed to prison in 2014 were men; men work longer hours than women in paid employment and have a higher rate of employment ... To see a full overview of the findings, visit: www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/ep/p-wamii/womenandmeninireland2016

 

Women and Men Report Similar Levels of Work-Family Conflicts

Contrary to public perception and many media accounts, women and men report similar levels of work / family conflicts - both in the form of work interfering with family and family interfering with work - according to research recently published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers spent several years examining the findings from more than 350 studies, conducted over three decades, that included more than 250,000 participants from across the world. The results were published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology. To read more, visit: www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/07/work-family-conflicts.aspx

 

Men’s Experience of Caring for a Spouse / Partner who has a Chronic Long-Term Illness or Disability

The number of male family carers in Northern Ireland is rising and, currently, around 42% of family carers are male. Ulster University is conducting research into the experience of men who are at home looking after a spouse/partner who is living with a long-term illness or disability. The researcher, Anne Fee (PhD Student), is recruiting male participants for the current phase of the study which comprises one-to-one interviews about their experience of caring for their spouse/partner. Interviews will last around one hour, and will be conducted at home or in a local day centre. If necessary, expenses can be provided to arrange alternative care while the interview is taking place, and all participants will be offered a £20 voucher in recognition of their time. For further information about the study, or to register interest to be interviewed, contact Anne Fee at Tel: 0790 7579875, or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Masculinities and Men’s Illicit Recreational Drug Use

New research, published in the Irish Journal of Sociology, sheds light on men’s use of illicit drugs. In Ireland, men are more likely than women to use illicit drugs, and more likely to develop drug problems and end up in drug treatment services. This reflects a similar global pattern - men tend to use drugs (such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy) more often than women. Yet little is known about why men begin taking drugs and what drug taking means to them. This study explores these questions. Find out more at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0791603517735772

 

Global Burden of Disease Study

The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. It describes mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors to health at global, national and regional levels. Examining trends from 1990 to the present, and making comparisons across populations, enables understanding of the changing health challenges facing people across the world in the 21st century. See the full story at: http://thelancet.com/gbd

 

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