International Men’s Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father’s Day and ends on Father’s Day itself. During 2021, it will run from Monday 14th until Sunday 20th June.
It is celebrated in many European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide. The overall aims of MHW are to:
- Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
- Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
- Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Like 2020, 2021 has already been an exceptional year in many ways. The island of Ireland continues to battle with the global COVID-19 pandemic, individuals across the country are trying to re-build their lives, relationships, jobs, finances, physical health, emotional resilience, connections, routines etc. Some people are still living with trauma and bereavement. Others are having to re-focus their priorities. Everyone’s mental health has been impacted to some degree.
This is why the theme chosen for Men’s Health Week 2021 is ‘MAKING THE CONNECTIONS’ and the call to action is:
- CHECK IN with yourself to see how you are coping / feeling, and to identify any health worries that you might have.
- CHECK UP on your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues to see how they’re doing and to offer support.
- If you notice anything worrying or which needs medical attention, CHECK IT OUT and seek information / help / support / treatment as soon as possible.
To mark this week, Belfast Men’s Health Group (BMHG) is inviting you to …
- Join them in a webinar on Thursday 17th June 2021. See: Webinar2021 for more details.
- Do something realistic and practical each day to improve your health and wellbeing. To make it easier, here is a calendar of things you might like to try: Calendar2021