Men's Health Week runs every year in the week before Father's Day. In 2020, it will run from 15 – 21 June.
This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.
The theme for this year’s Men's Health Week 2020 is 'Take Action on Covid-19'
As we all navigate our way through these unprecedented times, now more than ever it's vital we are taking positive steps to look after our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Here's some charities and organisations working to offer advice and guidance during Men's Health Week, throughout our time in lockdown and beyond.
Men’s Health Forum
With startling figures of Coronavirus adversely affecting men, during the week Men’s Health Forum will be looking at what we can all do to prevent the virus doing more damage.
They will encourage men to:
- take action to avoid spreading the virus
- take action to get the best out of lockdown and the 'new normal'
- take action to beat 'underlying conditions'.
Get involved with their online material and downloadable resources here
Leeds Dads – https://leedsdads.org/
Leeds Dads is a voluntary organisation that brings together a diverse community of fathers for social interaction and support. They host playgroups for dads and kids, organise social events, and signpost towards expert parenting support.
Whilst their physical meet ups are currently on hold they have a active virtual community arranging online activities check out @LeedsDads or visit facebook.com/leedsdads
Andy’s Man Club - https://www.facebook.com/andysmanclub/
Andy’s Man Club is a national charity providing a network of free drop-in's aimed at helping men open up about their mental health problems and reducing stigma. Their drop in's are free and provide an opportunity to talk over refreshments, but if you don't feel like talking you can just 'be’.
Whilst physical meet ups are currently on hold they holding a number of other ways to offer support virtually and you can found out more via their Facebook page: Andys Man Club Leeds
Mindwell Leeds https://www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/
“MindWell is the mental health website for people in Leeds. Funded by the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, it brings together information from the NHS, Leeds City Council and the third sector into one single 'go to' place.
MindWell provides quick and easy access to up-to-date information for all adults in Leeds, including GPs, employers and other professionals”
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) https://www.thecalmzone.net/
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. They run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.
Yorkshire MESMAC - https://www.mesmac.co.uk/our-services/leeds/support-social-groups
One of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. They offer support and social groups for LGBT+ communities in Yorkshire, including Leeds Bi Group, Leeds Gay Men Group, Leeds Freedom Families, and lots more. They also have a directory of groups and services, including health, peer support, social and activity group.
Let us know if you have any other recommendations of resources and support available during #MensHealthWeek and we will add these here.
Together let's #TakeActionOnCovid19