HSE encourages men to Check In, Check Up and Check It Out as part of Men’s Health Week 2021

This year’s theme is based on ‘Making Connections’

As part of Men’s Health Week, the HSE today, (Monday 14th June) is encouraging all men to make some small changes to support their health and wellbeing. Men’s Health Week (MHW) begins today (14th June) and ends on Father’s Day, Sunday 20th June. It is celebrated in many European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada to name but a few worldwide.

The theme of this year’s Men’s Health Week is ‘Making the Connections’ which is about encouraging all men and boys to link in with those they have been apart from either by  phone, or if safe to do so in person. The week also invites men to: ‘Check in, Check up and Check it Out’. 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.

Men’s Health Week Ambassador and former Mayo GAA footballer David Brady will be taking part in a webinar on Men’s Health on Wednesday 16th of June where he will be joined by a host of men’s health practitioners to discuss how we can, as a collective, better engage men and boys on their health and wellbeing.

Speaking on the launch of Men’s Health Week David Brady says; 

“It has never been more important to keep in touch and check in with family, friends, work colleagues and team mates to make sure everyone has the support they need. It is also important for each of us to check in with ourselves and ensure that we are looking after our own health and wellbeing. By being involved with this campaign I hope to share this message with as many people as possible.”

In Ireland, Men’s Health Week has grown in popularity over the last number of years, with many organisations and individuals lending their support in order to highlight the different topics discussed over the week. HSE Health & Wellbeing as a key funder of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, the body that co-ordinates Men’s Health week, are proud to be associated with this initiative.

Speaking about the week, Dr. Noel Richardson, National Centre for Men’s Health Ireland, IT Carlow and HSE Health & Wellbeing, says;

“The recent publication of Men's Health in Numbers report highlights that whilst men’s health overall is on a very positive trajectory, we must not lose sight of the most vulnerable male population groups who need ongoing support in order to achieve positive health outcomes. As we emerge from a pandemic, it is vitally important that we target resources to those groups of men who have been worst affected - those who have been bereaved, those whose livelihoods or employment status have been compromised, and those who are experiencing isolation or marginalisation. I would encourage everyone to consider the men and boys who need our support the most, and what we can do to engage them to improve their wellbeing.”

Ireland was the first country in the world to have a National Men’s Health Policy which has now been succeeded by the Healthy Ireland - Men Action Plan; the ‘Engage’ Men’s Health Training Programme has influenced how services and structures support males; pioneering approaches have been developed and tested which provide models for improving men’s health. Further resources on health and wellbeing can be found on the HSE’s website here.

Last updated on: 14 / 06 / 2021