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Men's Mental Health Week (14 - 21 June 2021)
Men's Mental Health Week takes place from 14 - 21 June 2021.
Everybody's mental health has been challenged by the lockdowns and insecurities of the last year and it's not over. As we emerge from what we hope will be the worst of the pandemic, questions, concerns, and anxieties remain. Men's Health Week 2021 asks: how do we move forward?
To help raise awareness of the challenges following COVID-19, Men's Mental Health week has put in place three campaigns:
Let's all talk - better mental health in a Covid world: Even before the pandemic, men's mental health was a cause for concern. There is a grave disparity in the high number of men who die from suicide and the low number of men who seek treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. During the pandemic, children and young people have been disproportionately affected by lockdowns. There has also been a considerable rise in youth unemployment, while home-schooling has hit boys and young men at school and university, especially from BAME backgrounds.
We're all going to be facing a great deal of change as we emerge from Covid. It's never been more important for us all to talk.
The CAN DO Challenge: Better mental health and wellbeing don't only come from talking. There are five working days in the week and five ways to wellbeing. The new CAN DO challenge challenges men to try each of the five ways to wellbeing over the course of Men's Health Week. Follow the CAN DO Challenge link or download the free materials. If you need more ideas, check out our Man MOT for the Mind.
No going back: our petition for a Men's Health Strategy: The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown men's health into stark relief. Biological, social and environmental differences have had a huge impact on how different men and women have fared under Covid - and many of the ways that system has failed on men's health in the past have led to major problems with men's health during the pandemic. We need an enquiry into why the UK has one of poorest records internationally when it comes to preventing Covid deaths - and that must look at the disproportionate mortality amongst men - but that can only be the beginning.