In recent years, there has been a growing awareness and concern about the burden of ill health experienced by men in the island of Ireland. Male life expectancy is almost 5 years lower than female life expectancy and men in Ireland have higher death rates for most of the leading causes of death across the lifespan. The burden of ill-health and death is borne, in particular, by men from lower socio-economic groups and these men are up to 6 times more likely to die from the leading causes death than men from socio-economic group 1. (Source: National Men’s Health Policy 2008-2013. Department of Health and Children. The Stationery Office, Dublin)
Northern Ireland context
For men in Northern Ireland there are gaps in access, services and treatment in rural or remote areas, in areas of social disadvantage and other groups, particularly traveller, gay, bisexual or transgender males.
- Men are more likely to die from coronary heart disease than women
- Deaths from bowel cancers are higher in men than women
- Men are more likely than women to drink above the weekly guidance limit of 21 units
- Men who smoke are more likely than women to be heavy smokers
- Higher numbers of men take their own life by suicide
- Male life expectancy in 2006-2008 reached 76.4 years compared to 81.3 years for women.
What is happening to support Men’s Health in the SHSCT area?
Over the years men’s health was addressed through a range of programmes on offer from community, voluntary and statutory services. In 2012 the Southern Area Men’s Health Steering Group was established. The purpose of this group is to support the development of new approaches to engage with and inform men about health issues, provide a forum for sharing information on local initiatives and identify local need thereby improving the health and wellbeing of men.
To date the group has organised two seminars bringing together local groups and interested parties to provide a forum for updating and sharing good practice.
For organisations offering a service for men in the Southern Trust area who would like to have their details added to the data sheet. Just complete and send to Rosemary.Daly@southerntrust.hscni.net
Introduction to Presentations
Mindfulness - Dr Ivor Crothers
Five Ways to Wellbeing for everyday life - Deirdre McParland
The Maghery Experience - Dr Paul Slater
Exercise and Positive Mental Health - Dr Mary Margaret Meade
Armagh Men's Shed
Armagh Men’s Shed growing from strength to strength
West Armagh Consortium recently welcomed visitors, shed members and their families to the official opening of Armagh Men’s Shed's newly extended unit. The unit, adjacent to their existing one, offers more space to house equipment and will support the delivery of a wide range of learning opportunities. Read more
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Official launch of South Tyrone Men’s Shed
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust, along with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council welcomed visitors, shed members and their families to the official launch of South Tyrone’s Men’s Shed on 04 March 2015. The Southern Trust secured funding through the Department for Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal programme to establish a Men’s Shed project in the Dungannon/Coalisland area. Since then the project, based in renovated premises within Dungannon Convent, has been working with older men living across the Dungannon and South Tyrone area to help improve their quality of life and reduce health inequalities. Read more
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Improving Men's Health In Northern Ireland
Stronger links have been made with the Men’s Health Forum Ireland and Men’s Health Week supported.
Other Local Sources of information
FOR MEN EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC ABUSE AND RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN MEN’S ADVISORY PROJECT
6 Murray Street
Tel: 028 9024 19 29
E mail: Info@mapni.co.uk
Cancer Focus-Man Alive on site screening bus
www.cancerfocus.org / www.manalive.co
Tel: 028 9066 3281
Tel: 028 9032 9718