ICH will be supporting Men’s Health Week 2021 and we want to bring you along with us! If you would like to follow our online wellbeing fair, please join our social media pages, (Facebook & LinkedIn). Join us and have some fun, as well as a chance to win some well-being treats!
Men’s Health Week is designed to raise awareness of health issues that affect men disproportionately. It aims to raise male awareness of health problems that they may already have or could develop in the future and encourage men to seek help with these issues should they arise.
So what are some of the health issues that commonly affect men?
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. That is why it is essential to be aware of your mental health and notice if it’s deteriorating and take steps to do something about it without delay.
The CAN DO challenge is a great way to boost mental wellbeing. The ‘five ways to wellbeing’ are five things anyone can do which are scientifically proven to help improve the way we feel.
C – Connect – connect with others. Give an old friend a call, pop in to see a family member or anything else that helps connect with those around you #ConnectMonday
A – (Be) Active – get your body moving and head for a walk, jog, run, swim, cycle, or anything else that gets your heart pumping a little faster #ActiveTuesday
N – Notice – notice the world around you. Put down your phone for an hour and tune into the environment that surrounds you #NoticeWednesday
D – Discover – try to learn something new. Pick up a book you’ve never read before, try a new skill, or just do something different #DiscoverThursday
O – Offer (or give) – do something for someone else like volunteer to help in the community, help an elderly relative or perform an act of kindness for someone else #OfferFriday
Take Care of Your Health
Heart problems, respiratory diseases and alcohol-related illnesses are the worst health problems affecting men in the UK. Ensure you’re doing your bit to stay healthy by eating nutritious food and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, not smoking, not exceeding the weekly recommended alcohol limits.
As you get older, it’s essential to visit your GP for regular check-ups and always attend any screening appointments. If you’re feeling unwell, find an unusual lump or experience any other health problem, you mustn’t put off making a doctor’s appointment to have it seen as soon as possible. It might turn out to be nothing, but it may also be something that requires treatment and the sooner that treatment begins, the better the outcome will be.
Use this Men’s Health Week as a reminder to look after yourself, your mental health, and your physical health. This week can also be a great time to talk to the men around you about looking after their health.