Men’s Health Week

As we’re nearing the end of Men’s Health Week, we would like to make a post to share our thoughts and tell you a little bit about what this week is all about. 

Men’s Health Week is in place to emphasise the importance of men’s mental health, physical health, good diet and regular doctor visits. 1 man in 5 died before the age of 65. It is so important that we all do our bit to help make a change.

Before we get started, here are some facts we have found on the Men’s Health Forum:

· Just over 3 out of 4 suicides (78%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35

· 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders

· Men are nearly 3 times more likely than women to become alcohol dependant

· Men are more likely to use and die from using illegal drugs

· Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women

· Only 36% of referrals to IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) are men

Linking to the statistics above, here are some important strategies to help increase men’s physical and mental wellbeing.

One of the most important things that is emphasised throughout Men’s Health Week is to book an appointment you’ve been putting off. Whether its to check out a mole or a lump you’ve noticed or maybe things have been a little too overwhelming recently and you just don’t feel like yourself. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help or advice from your GP or specialist. It is so important that our bodies and minds are looked after. Don’t feel like you are facing anything alone. There is always going to be someone there for you, whether that be a friend, family member, GP or support groups. Nothing has to be dealt with by yourself.

After the numerous amounts of lockdowns, mental and physical health has been extremely up and down. From binge eating to being stuck in doors, now more than ever it is important that we take back control and get on track to a healthier lifestyle. Why not use this week as an excuse to join the gym or start a new fitness club like football or golf? Not only does exercising improve our physical health it can have a massive positive impact on our mental health too. Even if it is just a 30 minute walk every day or a gym session every couple of days, whatever you choose to do it will make such a huge difference in your life. If you want anymore ideas about improving mental and physical health, please see our previous social media posts from Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 14thMay 2021). 

It is so important we give ourselves a quick MOT and by that we mean a quick check over to see if we notice anything unusual or anything that wasn’t there before. Cancer signs can be so subtle that some people haven’t noticed until it is too late. This is why it is extremely important to check for any lumps or moles that either don’t look right or have just recently appeared. There are numerous sites online that tells you how to check certain parts of our bodies or signs to look out for and if you notice anything unusual now is the time to tell your doctor. They are here to help you, not judge or make you embarrassed. Their sole purpose is to help save lives. Getting things checked early could prevent any further problems from occurring. 

As Father’s Day approaches, it is so important that we celebrate our father figures in any way we can, whether this be to take them to the pub or buy them their favourite shirt. Whatever this may be, now is your time to let them know just how much they mean to you. However, it is equally important to check on those around you, or yourself, who may not have a father figure around this Father’s Day. This time of year can be extremely challenging, bringing up old memories or maybe just having to deal with an overwhelming feeling of sadness. Try and involve these friends or family members in anyway you can, for example if you’re going for a meal, why not take your friend with you as well? Your father figure would want to see you and your friends all happy and not want anyone to be left out. Equally, if you feel this way, why not reach out to friends and family and explain how you’re feeling? Take yourself on a day out or ask if anyone has a spare hour free to meet up. 

The main things to take away from today’s post are:

· Not to delay Doctors’ appointments any longer

· Start a new hobby such as golfing or the gym

· Give yourself an MOT to check for any lumps, moles or anything new

· Reach out for help and support

Here are some links to useful websites that offer all kinds of support:

· Doncaster Mind - Home

· CALM Homepage - Campaign Against Living Miserably | CALM, the campaign against living miserably, is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the biggest single killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK (thecalmzone.net)

· Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen

· Men's Health Forum (menshealthforum.org.uk)

· Men’s mental health: a silent crisis | Safeline - Believe in you - Surviving sexual abuse & rapeME