Man MOT Podcast #4

On the eve of a very big day for John Ryan - his first ever NHS Health Check - the comedian discusses the Men's Health Forum's new Man Manual. (Funnier than it sounds.)

The much-awaited new Man Manual is here. Comedian John Ryan discusses his upcoming NHS Health Check, the life-saving advice in the manual and why he'll never have a vasectomy. (Apologies for the sound quality. It was recorded in a cafe. The single advantage is that website editor Jim Pollard is frequently inaudible.)

Follow John on Twitter @comedyjohnryan and Facebook. Big thanks to Richard Morton Sound for the music.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

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