Boys and young men's health survey

31/07/14 . Partners

Our partners at National Childrens Bureau want to identify what might help today’s boys and young men develop into confident users of health information and services.

They are asking adult men to share their views because preventable health problems and premature mortality are affecting too many men in the UK, with one in five dying under the age of 65. Amongst 20-24 year olds there are five male suicides for each female suicide. There is also evidence that men have lower levels of health literacy than women and are less likely to acknowledge illness or to seek help.

Please fill in and/or share their short, anonymous survey for men. They want to hear from any men aged 16+ and living in England, from your professional networks and beyond! Your assistance in reaching young men (16-24) is particularly appreciated. The survey is available in a printable format.

Do the survey now.

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.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.