10-16th June is International Men’s Health Week this week, an event designed to help improve male physical and mental health through greater awareness of the issues.
Men are notoriously reluctant to talk but the lack of awareness and understanding means that treatment is often delayed. The fact is that men are still dying younger than women worldwide.
The reasons for ignoring health issues are myriad. At first health issues can be easy to ignore, hoping the symptoms will pass. For some men, getting health checked out is just not a priority, others don’t want to ‘make a fuss’ or be seen as weak.
Men’s Health Week is about breaking down the taboos and raising awareness of the importance of self-care.
The event is coordinated by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. This year, they are are asking people to ‘make the time’ and ‘take the time’ to do focus on male health. The challenge is to do something that will make a positive difference.
Health Minister Simon Harris has welcomed the event, saying:
“We know that men are disadvantaged in terms of a number of key health outcomes; for example, smoking, drinking and obesity rates are higher in men, as are suicide rates.
“This is why we published the National Men’s Health Action Plan in 2017 and I welcome this week as an important contribution to men’s health in Ireland.
“It is crucial we continue to support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities and encourage them to seek help or treatment at an early stage.”
Health Promotion Minister Catherine Byrne added:
“Healthy Ireland, our national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation, has a specific focus on addressing health inequalities including those arising as a result of gender.
“I want to join Minister Harris in welcoming the start of Men’s Health Week and I commend the Men’s Health Forum In Ireland, the HSE and the many other partner organisations for their work in promoting positive physical and mental health for men throughout this week and beyond.“
International Men’s Health Week
If men are thought to neglect physical health issues, mental health is even more likely to be ignored.
Smart TMS are encouraging men to talk about mental health issues and concerns as well, and to seek help where necessary.
Smart TMS, Dublin
Smart TMS offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD and addiction. It is an alternative option which might suit patients who have tried medication and talking therapies without success. TMS uses magnetic impulses to stimulate or modulate the function of neural circuits in the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of mental illness or addiction.
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