HSE Health & Wellbeing Press Release: Wednesday, 18th November 2020
'Men’s Mental Health in these Challenging Times’ webinar to explore impact of Covid-19 on men and boys'
To mark International Men’s Day tomorrow (Thursday, 19th November), HSE Health and Wellbeing, together with the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the National Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow, is hosting a free webinar.
This event will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of men and boys. The purpose of International Men’s Day is to raise awareness of men’s mental and physical health, promote positive masculinity, and support ethical male role models.
Titled ‘Men’s Mental Health in these Challenging Times’, the webinar will look at the impact of COVID-19 on specific groups of men such as farmers, young men and men who attend Men’s Sheds. Presentations will include health and wellbeing research findings, sharing of personal experiences by men and boys who have been affected by COVID-19 and an expert panel responding to questions from webinar participants.
Over 600 people have already registered for the webinar, with registrations ranging from the community and voluntary sector, to the health and social care sector to a growing number of workplaces who want to integrate wellbeing for men into their staff supports. Online registration for this event, which starts at 11am, is available here.
Helen Deely, Assistant National Director for HSE Health and Wellbeing said: “International Men’s Day falls on the 19th November each year and this is a special opportunity to recognise the significant contribution that men and boys make to their families, friends, communities, workplaces and society. It is also a time, especially in the context of COVID-19, to highlight some of the key issues facing the health and wellbeing of males and to provide practical support and positive encouragement to overcome these issues.”
As part of the national #KeepWell resilience campaign, it is planned to highlight some of the current challenges impacting on men’s mental health and to offer practical advice to those who are seeking to support men in their work and in their communities.
Minister for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, will address the webinar and has said: “On International Men’s Day it is important to acknowledge the role that men and boys have played in the response to COVID-19. Our #KeepWell campaign encourages everyone to stay connected. With the stress and strain that comes with COVID-19, this is now more important than ever, especially with the most vulnerable groups of men. I would like to encourage everyone to look out for, and check in with, the men in their lives and communities.”
Ireland was the first country to have a National Men’s Health Policy in 2009 and this work continues through the work of the HSE ‘Healthy Ireland Men’ Action Plan 2017 - 2021. This plan focuses on promoting men’s health through a network of partnerships that engage with a variety of subgroups of men.
Dr Noel Richardson, at the National Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow, who has been working with the HSE on the delivery of their men’s health action plan said: “It is vitally important that more targeted supports are directed at the most vulnerable population groups of men at the moment. Small things can make a big difference. Each of us can play our part by looking closely at our own communities and reaching out to help in whatever way we can, to those most in need.”
Last updated on: 18 / 11 / 2020