MPA Celebrates Men’s Health Week: 10 – 16 June

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When we open up about our struggles it gives others permission to do the same.”

International Men’s Health Week (MHW) is always the Monday before Father’s Day and ends on Father’s Day.
MHW is celebrated across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The aim of the week is to:

  • Raise awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
  • Encourage early detection and treatment of health conditions
  • Support all males in engaging in healthier lifestyle choices and activities.

We are led to believe that men don’t talk, so this year the theme is –
“We need to share our stories.”

This theme came about as King Charles III shared his story
about a problem he had with an enlarged prostate,
which subsequently led to 16,410 visits to the relevant NHS websites compared to 1,414.
This goes to show that honest sharing can make such a difference. The Men’s Health Forum has launched
a “P is for Prostate” manual,
which looks at all aspects of the prostate to support raising awareness and education.

This theme encapsulates a powerful truth: the narratives we share have the potential to break down barriers, foster understanding, and ultimately save lives. It’s a call to action for men everywhere to open up, to be vulnerable, and to support one another in their journeys towards better health.

For far too long, men have been conditioned to believe that seeking help or expressing vulnerability is a sign of weakness.
This narrative not only perpetuates harmful stereotypes but also prevents countless individuals from accessing the support and resources they desperately need.

Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicide continue to disproportionately affect men, with research indicating that they are less likely to seek professional help than their female counterparts. Similarly, when it comes to physical health, societal pressures often lead men to neglect their well-being, ignoring warning signs and avoiding crucial conversations about their health. This year’s theme is crucial to start opening up those conversations with our colleagues, partners and peers as it creates connections and builds empathy. When we open up about our struggles it permits others to do the same.

Asking for help is not a weakness it is a sign of strength that we can recognise when we need the support of others.

For more information or to join our BeWELL or Gender+  Employee Networks, please contact Helen or Mandy. 

Helen Choudhury
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
[email protected]

 Mandy Feighery
Diversity and Inclusivity Officer
[email protected]

Resources
We need to share our stories | Men’s Health Forum (menshealthforum.org.uk)
Music Minds Matter
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