Design targeted programmes

MEN'S HEALTH MANIFESTO: Around the needs and attitudes of the highest risk men and boys.

Male targeting – especially higher risk groups and at appropriate stages of the life course – with particular focus on areas and transitions where groups have higher risk:

  • Unemployed men
  • Men experiencing relationship breakdown
  • Men in the criminal justice system
  • BAME men – eg. prostate cancer, mental health & diabetes
  • Gay & bisexual men – eg. sexual health, including chem-sex, and smoking
  • Trans men
  • Disabled men
  • Male carers
  • Homeless men
  • Isolated older men
  • Young dads
  • Excluded boys.

Why is this important?

Not all men are equally at risk.

As examples:

  • Unemployed men are significantly more likely to suffer from heart attacks and depression and are significantly more likely to smoke and report greater mental health and relationship worries.
  • Black men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men of the same age.
  • A recent study showed that by age 80, twice as many British South Asian, Black African and African Caribbean men had developed diabetes compared with Europeans of the same age.
  • Gay and bisexual men report higher levels of depression, are more likely to attempt suicide, are more likely to smoke and are also much more likely to have used recreational drugs and have engaged in binge drinking compared to men in the wider population.
  • 42% of carers are male. Seven out of ten male carers said that that they missed out on having a social life, leaving them isolated and alone.
  • Around 88% of rough sleepers are men. The average age of death for rough sleepers is 47.

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