HSE Health and Wellbeing shines a light on men’s health on the 21st Anniversary of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland

HSE Media Release: 10 December 2020

85% of men surveyed report good or very good health

Smoking prevalence in males dropped from 31% in 2007 to 19% in 2019

The initiative titled Men’s Health in Numbers which was funded by HSE Health & Wellbeing, includes the publication of two research reports:

  1. Men’s Health Trends Report: a comprehensive report that describes changes in significant markers of men’s health on the island of Ireland between 2004 and 2009.
  2. An Irish Men’s Health Report Card: provides a contemporary synopsis of key men’s health statistics in the Republic of Ireland.

Men’s Health in Numbers provides an overview of the improvements made in men’s health and identifies key areas of concern on which we need to continue to engage with men.

Frank Feighan T.D., Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy said:

“I welcome the launch today of the Men’s Health Trends Report and the Report Card which gives us clear information on the health status of men on the island of Ireland. The report identifies the health challenges for men across the island and in particular, men from lower socioeconomic groups, as well as giving us baseline data which will contribute to future interventions.”

Speaking about the Men’s Health Forum, Fergal Fox, General Manager, HSE Health and Wellbeing said:

“We have enjoyed a productive working relationship with the Men’s Health Forum of Ireland, working to deliver initiatives such as Men’s Health Week which takes place in June every year and has become a significant event for us in terms of promoting our campaigns such as QUIT, Ask About Alcohol, Your mental health, health eating and physical activity messages. We welcome the research reports which, while highlighting how far we have some in recent years, they also make the case clearly for areas that we need to continue to focus on for men’s health and wellbeing."

"The data presented shows the significant reduction in smoking prevalence among males since 2007 (from 31% in 2007 to 19% in 2019). While this is very encouraging, the HSE and its partners continue to work towards achieving a tobacco-free prevalence of 5% by 2025. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death. The best way to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking and I encourage men who smoke to take the support offered by Quit.ie and make a plan that will help them quit for good.”

Dr Noel Richardson, Director National Centre for Men's Health in IT Carlow who has been working for many years with the HSE on research, development and implementation of men's health policy said:

“These reports make a welcome and highly significant contribution to benchmarking changes in men’s health over time as well as tracking progess with ongoing men’s health policy implementation measures. 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.”


Last updated on: 10 / 12 / 2020