During 2014, Men's Health Week ran from Monday 9th until Sunday 15th June.
Each year, individual countries focus upon a specific theme.Â The theme for 2014 in Ireland was: 'Challenges, Choices and Celebrations - What's Your Aim?'
There is certainly a need to do this, as men, on the island of Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young ...
- Local men die, on average, four and a half years younger than women do.
- Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death.
- Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
- Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable ...
Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, their prevalence among men may, in fact, rise in the future.
Men's Health Week 2014 - A Toolbox for ActionÂ (PDF, 358KB)
Men's Health Week 2014 Press Release (PDF, 270KB)
Why should we focus upon: 'Challenges, Choices and Celebrations'?
Not too long ago, we were unaware of the full extent of menâ€™s poor health status and the specific health issues that they face.Â However, this is no longer the case.Â Therefore, we cannot ignore the needs of almost half of the population of the island of Ireland.
In recent years, a broad range of research has highlighted the health difficulties which face men in Ireland and further afield.Â For example ...
Menâ€™s Health in Ireland (PDF, 2.13MB)
Getting Inside Menâ€™s HealthÂ (PDF, 1.5MB)
A Report on the all-Ireland Young Men and Suicide ProjectÂ (PDF, 2.73MB)
The State of Menâ€™s Health in Europe (PDF, 3.63MB) ...
This evidence clearly shows that there are many CHALLENGES to be faced when seeking to improve menâ€™s health.Â However, it also highlights that menâ€™s health can be improved in many significant ways - if we make the right CHOICES.Â Men, themselves, have a key role to play in this process, but they require support, encouragement and opportunities to succeed.
The Republic of Ireland was the first country in the world to have a National Menâ€™s Health Policy.Â This was founded upon a comprehensive review of menâ€™s health evidence (both nationally and internationally), as well as consultations with a range of stakeholders - including men themselves.Â Northern Ireland still lacks any dedicated formal framework / guidelines for assessing or meeting menâ€™s health needs.
Now that we know what many of the key menâ€™s health issues are, itâ€™s time to do something about them.Â Menâ€™s health is not just an issue for individual men.Â While it is crucial for men to take responsibility for looking after themselves, their health can often be determined by other factors outside of their personal control.Â Thus, there is also a need for policy-makers and service providers to recognise the role that they need to play, and to do something practical about it.Â Subsequently, Menâ€™s Health Week this year asked everyone: â€˜What's Your Aim?â€™Â
Frequently, we simply blame men for their own state of health, and focus upon the shortcomings of individuals.Â MHW 2014 called upon everyone to do their bit to improve the lot of men and boys, as well as to CELEBRATE the important contributions that males make to our society.
Who can be involved in this week?
Men's Health Week (MHW) gives everyone (health professionals, service providers, youth groups, sporting bodies, community organisations, employers, Churches, policy makers, family workers, academics, the media, parents, individuals ...) an opportunity to encourage men and boys to take better care of their health and to seek help or treatment at an early stage.
Planning Group for Men's Health Week
Men's Health Week (MHW) 2014 in Ireland was planned by a broad range of partners who contributed to an inter-agency Planning Group.Â This body met, and had ongoing communication with each other, between January and AprilÂ 2014.Â It was convened and coordinated by the Menâ€™s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI).Â
The theme for this yearâ€™s MHW (i.e.Â Challenges, Choices and Celebrations) offered an opportunity for a very wide range of agencies to participate.Â Indeed, the planning process for 2014 drew upon the insight, expertise, support and contacts of individuals from ...
- Action Cancer
- Alcohol Action Ireland
- ARK (Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster)
- Belfast Community Sports Development Network
- Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
- British Medical Association (NI)
- Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
- Colin Neighbourhood Partnership
- Cork University Hospital
- Dublin City University School of Nursing
- FÃr Le Cheile (Men Together)
- Gaelic Athletic Association
- Health Service Executive Dublin / North East
- Helplink Support Services
- Inspire Ireland
- Irish Cancer Society
- Irish Football Association
- Irish Heart Foundation
- Irish Menâ€™s Sheds Association
- Irish Rugby Football Union
- Irish Sports Council
- Lewis Fertility Testing
- Man Alive
- Man Matters Project
- Marian House Nursing Home, Kimmage Manor
- Marie Keating Foundation
- Medical Students Committee in Northern Ireland
- Men Alone in No-man's-land
- Menâ€™s Action Network
- Menâ€™s Development Network
- Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI)
- Mental Health Ireland
- National Youth Council of Ireland
- Northern Health and Social Care Trust
- NI Chest, Heart and Stroke
- See Change
- Southern Health & Social Care Trust
- Sport NI
- Sure Start Fathers-Work Network
- The Rainbow Project
- Union of Students in Ireland
- Waterford Institute of Technology
- Western Health & Social Care Trust
- Workersâ€™ Educational Association
- YouthAction NI - Work with Young Men Unit
- 3fivetwo Training Academy
Poster for Menâ€™s Health Week 2014
To promote Men's Health Week (MHW) 2014, Shane McCaffrey (from Co. Antrim) starred in an Ireland-wide poster campaign to raise awareness of the week.Â We were very grateful to George Thompson and the Rathfern Company of Archers for the use of their equipment in this poster.
There were two types of poster available - hard copy (A3 size) which could be ordered by emailing Colin Fowler, and online electronic files in a range of sizes and formatsÂ suitable for a variety of uses.
The online resources are available at: www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-image-pack.html
Even people who didn't have time to do anything else for MHW 2014 were encouraged to put up a poster to let everyone know when it was taking place.
Menâ€™s Health Week 2014 Logo and Image Pack
One of the key aims for Men's Health Week (MHW) each year is to let as many people as possible know when it is happening.Â To do this, there needs to be a common set of promotional tools.Â These were available for free downloading at: www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-image-pack.html
This page includes generic MHW images, new resources created specifically for MHW 2014, as well as the ones used in previous years.Â There is a MHW logo in a range of sizes and formats, a web banner, a poster, and even a 'We Support Menâ€™s Health Week' image - for groups and individuals who want to be seen to be doing their bit!
Groups and individuals were invited to use any or all of these images to promote MHW in their own workplace, community, organisation, project, business, Church, club, university, youth centre ...Â However, they were asked to acknowledge the source.
'Challenges and Choices' Mini-Manual for Men
'Challenges and Choicesâ€™ is a free, 32 page, mini-manual for men on the island of Ireland which highlights a range of key challenges to menâ€™s healthÂ and offers three practical choices for dealing with each condition.Â The booklet was written by Dr Ian Banks (President of the European Menâ€™s Health Forum), and is based upon the highly successful series of â€˜Haynes Manuals for Menâ€™ created by Ian.
Unfortunately, all 10,000 hard copies of this publication have now been disseminated.Â You can, however, download a low resolution PDF version of it by clicking here.
How to keep up-to-date with the latest MHW 2014 news
Everyone was invited to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Menâ€™s Health Week (MHW) 2014 by checking out our Facebook (www.facebook.com/MensHealthWeek) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/MensHealthIRL) sites.Â They wereÂ also encouraged toÂ click on the â€˜LIKEâ€™ / 'FOLLOW' buttons, and to send the link to all their friends.
For those people who areÂ really into social media, they were invited toÂ tweet about MHW using the hashtag #WhatsYourAim
The focus for MHW this year (i.e. â€˜Challenges, Choices and Celebrationsâ€™) lent itself to a wide range of ways to mark this occasion.Â However, there was no need toÂ stick rigidly to this particular theme.Â Anything which promoted the week and encouraged men and boys to lead healthier lifestyles, to be more aware of preventable health problems, and to seek early detection and treatment for health difficultiesÂ wasÂ very welcome!
Some people had the time, energy and resources to plan something big.Â However, even if this was not possible, there were many simple, free and easy ways to get involved / show support.
To get inspired, everyone was invited to download our guide at: www.mhfi.org/mhw2014celebrateit.pdf
Tell others about your Menâ€™s Health Week 2014 Event
The Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) always seeksÂ to promote the details of activities or events that are being held throughout Ireland during Menâ€™s Health Week on this website.Â It is hoped that this will help everyone to find out what is happening during the week, where it will be takingÂ place, and how to join in.Â It also gives some recognition and publicity to all those groups across the island that are doing something for and with men.
These activities can include health checks, conferences, launches, games, seminars, competitions, workshops, courses, displays, health fairs ...Â Whatever the activity, everyone is always encouraged to submit their details.
There were three ways to let us know about what is happening:
- Submit details using our online form which can be found at: www.mhfi.org/mhw/promote-an-event.html or ...
- Download and save a copy of our MS Word Registration Form, type in your details, and email it back to us, or ...
- Print off a copy of our Portable Document Format (PDF) Registration Form, handwrite your details, and post it back to us.