Not everybody knows about Men’s Health Week (MHW), what it hopes to do, why it needs to happen, or how they can get involved. That’s why there is a MHW 2017 ‘Toolbox for Action’. This useful resource can be downloaded at: www.mhfi.org/mhw2017toolbox.pdf
‘Challenges and Choices’ Man Manual
There’s no denying that the state of men’s health on the island of Ireland is often poor. However, there are things which can be done to change this situation and men, themselves, can play a key role in doing this. A free, 32 page, Man Manual (based upon the ‘Haynes Manual’ model) is being distributed by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland to mark Men’s Health Week 2017. This poses ten simple and practical health challenges to men and, to meet every challenge, it offers three choices. All 47,000 copies of this manual were snapped-up within a few weeks last year – and there are only 12,200 available this year – so, if you would like some copies to distribute to the men you know / work with, get in touch soon! The content of the 2017 edition has been updated. You can see what this year’s version looks like / find out how to order copies at: www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-2017.html#Challenges The publication of this booklet has only been possible because of the generous support given by the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland, the Health Promotion and Improvement Department within the Health Service Executive in the Republic of Ireland, and the author – Dr Ian Banks.
What can I do to mark Men’s Health Week 2017?
Absolutely everyone can do something to support and celebrate Men’s Health Week (MHW) 2017. The focus for this year (i.e. ‘It’s all about HIM’) lends itself to a wide range of ways to mark this occasion. However, you don’t have to stick rigidly to this particular topic. Anything which encourages men and boys to lead healthier lifestyles, to be more aware of preventable health problems, and to seek early detection and treatment for health difficulties will be very welcome. You might have time, energy and resources to plan something big. However, even if you can’t, there are still simple and easy ways to get involved. These could include, for example …
- Putting-up a poster and/or sending the postcards to people you know.
- Advertising MHW on your own website.
- Creating a link from your website to the MHW 2017 web page (www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw- 2017.html).
- Sending an email to everyone in your contacts list about Men’s Health Week and asking them to forward the message.
- Inserting the MHW logo and/or badge and/or banner (www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-image-pack.html) into your outgoing emails.
- Becoming a fan of the Men’s Health Week in Ireland’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MensHealthWeek) and sending the link to all your friends.
- Including information about MHW in your mailouts / newsletters.
- Telling others about what is happening in your area during MHW by posting details on the MHW website (www.mhfi.org/mhw/promote-an-event.html).
- Reminding your colleagues to follow all the latest MHW news on Twitter (www.twitter.com/MensHealthIRL).
- Tweeting about MHW 2017, and including #MHW2017 in your tweet.
- Encouraging the men you know to get involved in some of the activities taking place around the country …
Doing one or more of these simple (and cost-free) things will contribute hugely to MHW 2017!
For even more ideas, download a copy of the paper on what you can do to mark MHW 2017 at: www.mhfi.org/mhw2017celebrateit.pdf
Getting Dads Involved
Parenting NI seeks to ensure that parents are involved in the design and development of services for families. They are especially keen to improve understanding of what dads need and what they would benefit from. To meet this aim, they are conducting a survey, and are seeking fathers to participate in it. The questionnaire takes approximately 2-3 minutes to complete and responses will remain strictly confidential. To get involved, visit: http://gettingdadsinvolved.questionpro.com