Did you know that this week sees the return of Men’s Health Week?
The week, which takes place from 13 to 19 June, is an annual event organised by the Men’s Health Forum to raise awareness of health issues that affect men and to encourage them to seek help if they have concerns about their health.
It comes as men are less likely to see a GP if they have health concerns and are more likely to face stigma for mental health issues.
So, what is the week and how can it help?
As part of the week, men are being encouraged to get a health MOT. This comes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, where it is believed that many men may not have received the treatment they need for various health problems.
According to the Men’s Health Forum, early-stage cancer diagnoses fell by a third in the first lockdown, with Macmillian also finding that 50,000 people may have missed a cancer diagnosis during the pandemic. It is reported that prostate cancer diagnosis fell by 29 per cent between 2019 and 2020 as men were not visiting their GPs.
It is, therefore, more important than ever that men take notice of their minds and bodies to lead happier, healthier and longer lives.
To help with this, the Men’s Health Forum is calling on men to take a health MOT, which is a quick health check that can be done at home.
You can find the Man MOT here and find out whether you need to book an appointment with a GP or call NHS 111.
Men and mental health
Another important aspect of the impact of Covid-19 on men’s health is the importance of mental wellbeing.
It is estimated that around one in eight men has a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression. Suicide is also the biggest killer of men under 45, a horrifying statistic which shows the importance of men getting the help they need for their mental wellbeing.
These figures show how we need to help men feel comfortable talking about their mental health so they feel they can reach out and receive treatment.
Therefore Men’s Health Week is so important to help kickstart conversations about men’s mental health, so men feel empowered to access the support they need.
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