Article 15 June 2021

Men’s Health Week 14 – 21 June 2021

As we emerge from what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic, questions, concerns and anxieties remain. Men’s Health Week 2021 asks: how do we move forward?

It’s well documented that many more men die from suicide than women and far fewer males seek help and treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. The pandemic has affected everyone, but there are some areas where men have been at more of a disadvantage, further challenging their mental wellbeing.

The most obvious one is the increased likelihood of dying from COVID-19. Men are around twice as likely as women of the same age to die from the virus. But there’s more. The Men’s Health Forum has found that men are more likely to be in jobs that can’t easily be done from home, or in male-dominated professions that haven’t been as well supported by the government, like taxi drivers. This has left them without an income which is damaging both financially and mentally.

So Men’s Health Week aims to encourage men to open up and talk about their worries, whether those are financial, health or emotional concerns.

To support the conversation around mental health, everyone is encouraged to choose a different way to wellbeing to try each day of Men’s Health Week in the CAN DO Challenge using the five ways to wellbeing. Why not get involved? 

  • Connect – connect with other people (eg. call an old friend you haven’t since before lockdown) #connectmonday
  • (Be) Active – move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc) #activetuesday
  • Notice – take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour) #noticewednesday
  • Discover – learn something new (eg. read a book you haven’t read before) #discoverthursday
  • Offer (or give) – do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group) #offerfriday

Other activities that Men’s Health Week are promoting include:

  • Signing the petition for a National Men’s Health Strategy which will enable the many challenges around prevention, care and outcomes in both the physical and mental health of men and boys to be addressed in a comprehensive and systematic way.
  • A new man manual around penis health which is usually £3.95 but is available to download for free this week!