Be an ‘Action Man’ during Men’s Health Week
The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling on men and those close to them, to take action to look after their health this Men’s Health Week, which begins today.
There is a role for everyone, as men’s health is not just an issue for individual men. While it is crucial for men to take responsibility for looking after themselves, their health can often be determined by other factors outside of their personal control.
Brendan Bonner, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement at the PHA (West), said: “Men’s Health Week is an ideal time for men to focus on their own health and wellbeing, getting themselves checked out or looking for help and support, if necessary.
“We know that some men can be reluctant when it comes to their own health, so I would strongly encourage men and boys, and the women in their lives, to use Men’s Health Week as an opportunity to focus on improving their wellbeing.
“We can all support each other in seeking help, including for emotional difficulties. Talking to a friend, family member or someone you trust can be an important step and may also help you access the right services at the right time.
“There are also a number of practical steps that you can take to improve your own health and wellbeing, such as following a healthy, active lifestyle, stopping smoking, staying within safe alcohol limits, enjoying regular exercise, eating healthy wholesome food and going along to your GP if you are concerned. These can all improve your health and wellbeing and ultimately quality of life.”
For help and support on:
• Looking after your mental health, go to: www.mindingyourhead.info
• Quitting smoking, go to: www.want2stop.info; Smokers’ Helpline: 0808 812 8008
• Sensible drinking, go to: www.knowyourlimits.info
• Bowel screening, go to: www.publichealthagency.org and click the Bowel Screening link
• How to adjust your diet and physical activity to lose weight, visit: www.choosetolivebetter.com
If you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. This is a confidential service, where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow up with other support if necessary. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access the Lifeline website at www.lifelinehelpline.info