Men's Health Week 2017

International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself.  During 2017, it ran from Monday 12th until Sunday 18th June.

It is celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide.  The overall aims of MHW are to:

  • Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
  • Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
  • Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

Each year, there is also a focus upon a specific theme.  During 2017, the theme for the island of Ireland was: ‘It’s all about HIM’, and the key question was: ‘how are you doing?’

There is certainly a need to ask this, as men, in 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.

Please use the links below to find out more about MHW 2017 ...

Why focus upon 'It's all about HIM?'

Who can be involved in this week?

Planning Group for Men's Health Week 2017

Poster for Men's Health Week 2017

Postcard for Men's Health Week 2017

Who are the Men's Health Week 2017 'Poster Boys'?

Men’s Health Week 2017 Logo and Image Pack

'Challenges and Choices' Man Manual

How to keep up-to-date with the latest MHW 2017 news

What can I do to mark Men's Health Week 2017?

Raise the profile of Men's Health Week 2017 - Get Tweeting!

Tell others about your Men’s Health Week 2017 Event

List of some events and activities taking place during Men's Health Week 2017 (PDF, 891KB)

Men's Health Week 2017 - A Toolbox for Action (PDF, 636KB)

Men's Health Week 2017 Press Release - Republic of Ireland (PDF, 494KB)

Men's Health Week 2017 Press Release - Northern Ireland (PDF, 503KB)



Why focus upon 'It's all about HIM'
Not too long ago, we were unaware of the full extent of men’s poor health status and the specific health issues that they face.  However, this is no longer the case.  In recent years, a broad range of research has highlighted the health challenges which face men in Ireland and further afield.  For example ...

Men’s Health in Ireland (PDF, 2.13MB)

Getting Inside Men’s Health (PDF, 1.5MB)

Men’s Health in Northern Ireland: Tackling the Root Causes of Men’s [ill] Health (PDF, 965KB)

A Report on the all-Ireland Young Men and Suicide Project (PDF, 2.73MB)

Facing the Challenge - The Impact of Recession and Unemployment on Men’s Health in Ireland (PDF, 1.9MB)

A Report on the Excess Burden of Cancer among Men in the Republic of Ireland (PDF, 2.95MB )

The State of Men’s Health in Europe (PDF, 3.63MB) ...

Although the health of men in Ireland is poor, it can be improved in many significant ways.  Work has already been done to support the health needs of men and boys: Ireland was the first country in the world to have a National Men’s Health Policy which has now been suceeded by the Healthy Ireland - Men Action Plan; the ‘Engage’ Men’s Health Training Programme has influenced how services and structures support males; new innovative and pioneering initiatives have been developed by a range of organisations across the island which provide models for improving aspects of men’s health ...  Much has been achieved, but there is room for more.

But men’s health is not just an issue for individual men.  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.  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 practical about it.  This will require focusing our attention upon the ‘HIMs’ all around us.

The starting point for this year’s conversation about improving the health of males was to answer the question: ‘How are you doing?’...  If the answer was ‘not very well’, then it might be time to think about doing something that will make a positive difference to the health of the men and boys that you have contact with and influence over.  MHW 2017 offered a launch pad to do this.

Back to Menu


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, pharmacists, 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.

Back to Menu


Planning Group for Men's Health Week 2017
Men's Health Week (MHW) 2017 in Ireland was planned by a broad range of partners who contributed to an all-island inter-agency Planning Group.  This body began meeting in January 2017 and members had ongoing communication with each other.  It was convened and coordinated by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI). 

The theme for this year’s MHW (i.e. 'It's all about HIM') offered an opportunity for a very wide range of agencies to participate, and the planning process for 2017 drew upon the insight, expertise, support and contacts of individuals from ...

Back to Menu


Poster for Men’s Health Week 2017
To promote Men's Health Week (MHW) 2017, a poster was designed.  There were three types of poster available - hard copy A3 size (x 1,000), hard copy A4 size (x 5,000), and online electronic files.  The electronic files came in a range of sizes and formats suitable for a variety of uses.

Copies of the online resources can be downloaded from:

Even people who didn't have time to do anything else for MHW 2017 were encouraged to put up a poster to let everyone know when it was taking place.  Although this cost nothing to do, it made a big difference to promoting the week!

Back to Menu





Postcard for Men's Health Week 2017
Every year since 2014, there has been a Men's Health Week (MHW) postcard to publicise the week.  These cards can be displayed as small flyers in public spaces and are often sent by organisations to the men that they have contact with.  This has proved to be a very successful means of letting local men know about the week.

In the lead-up to MHW 2017, 10,000 postcards were made available to anyone who wished to use them to promote the week.  The front of the postcard was a smaller version of the poster image, and the back had a pre-written message which said:

Hi there,

You might have already heard about this, but International Men's Health Week 2017 begins on Monday 12th June and lasts until Sunday 18th June.

During this week, EVERYONE is asked to focus upon the health and wellbeing needs of men and boys.  By the way, how are you doing yourself? …

Have a great week and, if you can, try to do something to make a positive difference to both your own health and the health of those around you.  For inspiration, check out:

Have a good one!

Back to Menu


Who are the Men’s Health Week ‘Poster Boys’ for 2017?
Every year, local men are featured on the posters and publicity materials to publicise Men’s Health Week (MHW).  Sometimes it is famous local men (e.g. last year, Michael O’Neill [Northern Ireland Team Manager] and Martin O’Neill [Republic of Ireland Team Manager] agreed to be the ‘poster boys’ for MHW during the ‘Euro 2016’ championship) and sometimes it is just ordinary guys.

During MHW 2017, we were pleased to welcome men and boys of all ages and backgrounds to our poster.  The line-up this year was comprised of …

  • Back Row:
  • Paul O’Kane, Joe McCusker, Jonny Ashe and Jonathan Boyd
  • Front Row:
  • Jonathan and Cleo Wallace, David McLearnon, Mehedi Hasan, Jamie Ashe, Cailan and Acheron Thompson.



The all-island Planning Group is very grateful to Common Grounds Fairtrade Café in University Avenue, Belfast for allowing us to take photographs in their premises, and to East Belfast Sure Start, North Belfast Men’s Shed, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Focus: The Identity Trust and the Working with Young Men Team in YouthAction NI for recruiting people for the photographs.

Back to Menu


Men’s Health Week 2017 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.  To do this, there needs to be a common set of promotional tools.  These are available for free downloading at:

This page offers generic MHW images, new resources created specifically for MHW 2017, as well as the ones used in previous years.  There is a MHW logo in a range of sizes and formats, a Facebook banner, a poster, a badge and even a 'We Support Men’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 ...

Back to Menu




'Challenges and Choices' Man Manual
Research clearly shows that there are many challenges to be faced when seeking to improve men’s health.  However, it also highlights that men’s health can be improved in many significant ways - if the right choices are made.  Men, themselves, have a key role to play in this process.

One of the most successful and sought after elements of Men’s Health Week 2016 was the ‘Challenges and Choices’ Man Manual which was distributed free-of-charge to males throughout the whole island of Ireland.  Almost all of the 47,000 hard copies of this booklet were given out within a few weeks of their release.

The ‘Challenges and Choices’ booklet is a male-friendly, 32 page publication, which highlights ten key men’s health issues i.e. alcohol, food, physical activity, smoking, stress, blood pressure, sexually transmitted diseases, skin cancers, back care and help-seeking behaviour.  It was written by leading men’s health expert Dr Ian Banks (internationally acclaimed men’s health author, President of the European Men’s Health Forum, the British Medical Association’s Spokesperson on Men’s Health, and a resident of Northern Ireland).

This Manual: issues a realistic and practical challenge to improve the reader’s health in each area of concern; provides a reason for why it is important to consider taking action in relation to each issue; offers three possible choices for what actions can be taken to combat each condition; signposts the reader to local sources of help and support.

During MHW 2017, 12,200 updated copies of this publication were made available to men throughout the island of Ireland.  These were funded by the Health Service Executive in the Republic of Ireland and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.  To see what the Man Manual looks like, click here.

Unfortunately, all of the hard copies of the Man Manual have now been given out and they are no longer available.


Back to Menu


How to keep up-to-date with the latest MHW 2017 news
Everyone was invited to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Men’s Health Week (MHW) 2017 by checking out our Facebook ( and Twitter ( sites.  They were also encouraged to click on the ‘LIKE’ / 'FOLLOW' buttons, and to send these links to all their friends.

People who are into social media, were asked to tweet about MHW using the hashtag #MHW2017

Back to Menu


What can I do to mark Men’s Health Week 2017?
Everyone can do something to support and celebrate Men’s Health Week (MHW) each year.

The focus for MHW 2017 (i.e. ‘It's all about HIM’) lent itself to a wide range of ways to mark this occasion.  However, there was no need to stick rigidly to this particular theme.  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 difficulties was very welcome!

Some people had the time, energy and resources to plan something big.  However, even if this was not possible, there were still many simple, free and easy ways to get involved / show support.

For inspiration, everyone was invited to download our guide at: (PDF, 654KB)

Back to Menu



Raise the profile of Men's Health Week 2017 - Get Tweeting!
Men’s health issues and needs are numerous and complicated.  So much so, that we could probably assign a different one to highlight on each day of the year and still have an outstanding pool of ones to explore!  However, when preparing for Men’s Health Week (MHW) 2017, the all-island Planning Group felt that it would be useful to draw attention to a specific theme on each day during the week, as well as on the days leading up to it.  These were ...

  • Friday 9th June  -  Men’s Health Week is Coming! …  Here’s what you need to know
  • Saturday 10th June  -  Top Tips for Men’s Mental Fitness
  • Sunday 11th June  -  Keeping your Heart Healthy
  • Monday 12th June  -  Input and Output …  Men, Food and Physical Activity
  • Tuesday 13th June  -  Trash the Ash …  Men and Smoking
  • Wednesday 14th June  -  One More for the Road? …  Men and Alcohol
  • Thursday 15th June  -  Men Overcoming Cancer
  • Friday 16th June  -  Men and Sexual Health
  • Saturday 17th June  -  Men and Healthy Relationships
  • Sunday 18th June  -  The Importance of Fathers to Children's Outcomes

Social media (especially Facebook and Twitter) has become a powerful tool for organisations to spread their message.  During Men’s Health Week 2017, everyone was encouraged to ‘Post’ and ‘Tweet’ about it and, when possible, to use the hashtag: #MHW2017

For those people who would like to support MHW 2017 using their own social media channels - but didn't have the time, energy or knowledge to develop their own messages - there was a document which offered a range of Posts and Tweets that they could simply cut-and-paste from.  There were lots of message options presented for each day of MHW, and these related to the theme for that day.  Everyone was invited to use them all, or pick and choose the ones that suited themsleves / their organisation / their location.  Click here to download these suggestions.

Even loading a few things to websites / Facebook pages / Twitter sites / other social media platforms made a huge difference to publicising the week.  This also offered an easy and free way to show support for MHW.

Back to Menu

Tell others about your Men’s Health Week 2017 Event
The Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) always seeks to promote the details of activities or events that are being held throughout Ireland during Men’s Health Week on this website.  It is hoped that this will help everyone to find out what is happening during the week, where it will be taking place, and how to join in.  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, workplace mailouts ...  Whatever the activity, everyone was encouraged to submit their details.

There were three ways to let us know about what was happening:

  1. Submit details using the online form or ...
  2. Download and save a copy of the MS Word Registration Form, type in the details, and email it back to us, or ...
  3. Print off a copy of the Portable Document Format (PDF) Registration Form, handwrite the details, and post it back to us.

Back to Menu