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We're proud to be supporting Men’s Health Week 2019

Men are supposedly obsessed with numbers but when it comes to their own health and wellbeing, there are quite a few they don’t know. This year Men’s Health Week takes up that challenge and we're supporting the campaign. It encourages all men to look after their own health and wellbeing by being more aware of simple numbers that can really make a difference to people’s lives. 

 

Did you know…

  • a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
  • 14 is the maximum units of alcohol you should consume a week
  • cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers
  • 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men
  • men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week
  • 120/80 is normal for blood pressure
  • in 2017, approximately 138 000 males reported a sexual assault


As part of Men’s Health Week we're also urging our male workforce to get involved by talking more openly about their health and wellbeing and seeking advice if something isn’t quite right. We know men are less likely than women to acknowledge illness or seek help when they need it. It can be tough to ask for help and support, but if you don’t ask for it, things generally only get worse. 

Male colleagues from across the Trust have supported the campaign with videos to encourage men to talk more openly, make small changes to their lifestyle and ultimately look after their health and wellbeing. Watch the videos below:

Neil Perris, the Trust’s Inclusion Lead said; “It’s really important for us to support and raise the profile of Men’s Health Week, both to promote positive health and wellbeing to our communities and service users, but also to our male colleagues. We know men don’t always like speaking about their health and wellbeing so we’re encouraging them to speak up if something is bothering them and seek help, either for physical or mental health.” 

 

If you need support speak to your GP or visit Men’s Health Forum - menshealthforum.org.uk. It provides a great resource of information, guidance and advice on all aspects of men’s health and wellbeing.

Last Updated: Friday, 07 June 2019 14:11

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