#MensHealthWeek

Men are encouraged to take that first step to improve their health

Men’s Health Week 2018: Monday 11th until Sunday 17th June 

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Leitrim Observer Reporter

Men are encouraged to take that first step to improve their health

Men's Health Week runs until June 17

Men’s Health Week (MHW) aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems, support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyles, and encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties.  

This year, MHW has borrowed from Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s immortal phrase: ‘One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind’,  and is asking men‘what’s your small step going to be?’. By taking at least one small step to improve their own health and the health of males throughout the country, it is hoped that this will lead to a giant leap for men’s health. 
  
‘Men’s Health Ambassadors’, Brent Pope and Jamesie O’Connor, are helping to raise awareness of Men’s Health Week 2018 by drawing upon their own personal experiences of taking small steps to overcome health difficulties. 
  
Jamesie O’Connor, former GAA player and current pundit said: 
“I am delighted to support Men’s Health Week because as a teacher and a coach, I see the importance of challenging unhelpful stereotypes and supporting boys and young men to develop good habits in relation to their health early in life.  When boys are encouraged and supported to mind their physical and mental wellbeing then it becomes normal to them throughout their lives.  Parents, teachers and coaches all need to work together to set boys on the right track to good health.” 
  
Brent Pope, rugby pundit and well known mental health advocate added: 
“As somebody who has suffered with severe anxiety most of my life, I want to see more men get a better understanding and awareness of their own mental health so they can live healthier lives and be able to maintain their health and wellbeing.  I always felt less of a man for asking for help and I don’t want others to feel that way. Unlike in my day, today, there are great organisations and resources out there that can help, such as yourmentalhealth.ie, and organisations that want to reach out specifically to men.” 
  
Men’s Health Week offers an opportunity for a broad range of health professionals, service providers, youth groups, sporting bodies, community organisations, employers, Churches, policy makers, family workers and pharmacists to do something practical to improve the health of local men and boys. Each year, Men’s Health Week (MHW) begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself.  This year, it will run until Sunday, June 17.