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Men’s Health Week 2024 - Get the Date into your New Diary!

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 2024 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 10th until Sunday 16th June 2024.

Every year, the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) convenes an all-island Planning Group for MHW.  This group held its first meeting for 2024 on Monday 18th December, and already a theme for the week is developing.  Would you be interested in being a part of this process, and joining with others from across the island of Ireland to help to shape MHW 2024?  This can be done in many ways - from participating in meetings, to occasional electronic communication.  All input is very welcome, and helps to make the week stronger and more relevant.

If you would be interested in being part of the planning process for 2024 (in any way), email Colin Fowler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

However, even if this is not possible, why not put the dates of MHW 2024 into your new diary, and start thinking about how your group / workplace / church / community / sports club ...  could do something to mark this week?  It’s never too early to start planning.

Support over the Christmas 2024 Period

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in the Men's Health Forum in Ireland!  However, we also know that the holidays can often be a stressful and worrying time for many people.  Therefore, please remember that if you - or anyone you know - needs help and support over the Christmas period, you can always contact ...

-  The Samaritans (all Ireland) - Freephone 116 123
-  Pieta House (RoI) - Freephone 1800 247 247
-  Lifeline (NI) - Freephone 0808 808 8000

or visit: https://www2.hse.ie/mental-health  |  https://www.mindingyourhead.info

MANifest: Connecting Men with Mind Fitness 2024

'MANifest: Connecting Men with Mind Fitness' is a workshop which was developed by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, Western Health and Social Care Trust and Men’s Action Network.  It evolved in response to the growing demand from service providers in Northern Ireland for support to: improve their engagement with men; increase their knowledge and skills in recognising mental distress in adult men; ensure that men are referred to the most appropriate services to meet their needs.  Applications are, currently, being sought from individuals who would be interested in applying for a place on the MANifest Facilitator Training Programme which will take place in February 2024.  Find out more at: https://www.mhfi.org/MANifestOverview2023.pdf

Men's Health and Lifestyle Programme 2024

Are you a man?  Would you be interested in taking part in a ten week health and lifestyle programme? …  If so, you might like to join a group in either Dromore, Co. Down (beginning on Thursday 11th January 2024) or Craigavon, Co. Armagh (beginning on Wednesday 17th January 2024) for health checks, weekly physical activity sessions, and support and guidance from dedicated staff to ensure that you get the best from the programme.  Sessions begin at 7.00pm each week.  For more information, contact Frances Haughey, Health Inequalities Officer, by Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  |  Tel: 075 0077 2905.

Healthy Ireland Survey 2023

The Healthy Ireland Survey is conducted annually, with a representative sample of the population aged 15 and older living in the Republic of Ireland.  The Survey gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation, reporting on many health-related lifestyle behaviours.  The 2023 Survey includes data on smoking, alcohol and drug usage rates, mental health, social connectedness and suicide awareness, general health, antibiotic awareness and health service utilisation.  Download the report from: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/73c9d-healthy-ireland-survey-2023

Mental Health in Northern Ireland: Fundamental Facts

What are the factors affecting mental health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland? …  Accurate information and data is vital - not only to allow us to plan effective mental health services, but also to increase knowledge and understanding about the structural factors and inequalities that influence mental health and wellbeing.  This report helps to increase understanding of the nature of the issues, the origins of these difficulties, and the actions that must be taken to improve everyone’s lives.  Read it at: http://tinyurl.com/3f5bfzbn

Mental Health Experiences of Traveller Men Affected by Suicide

Rates of suicide are seven times higher among Traveller men in Ireland compared with non-Traveller men.  Several factors are implicated, including racism, social exclusion, discrimination, inadequate accommodation, unemployment, and lower educational attainment.  Systemic and cultural barriers inhibit Traveller men from seeking support.  This study addresses a gap in the literature by exploring the lived mental health experiences of Traveller men affected by suicide.  Read the article on this in the American Journal of Men's Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10493055