'Jaw, jaw is better than war, war'
War is the ultimate men's health issue. It's estimated that over 100 million people died in the various wars of the twentieth century. Many more will die young in Ukraine.
We're not going to get into the rights and wrongs of invading another country. I think we all know the answer to that one. The point is that watching all this needless suffering from hundreds of miles away affects our health too. You look at your phone or the TV, watch the latest horrors, wonder what you can do and feel useless. It's happening to men and women all over the world right now.
We may kid tell ourselves we're not affected, that we can block it out. Men are particularly good at this form of self-delusion. But we wouldn't be human if we could really ignore it. We need to accept that what happens around us will affect our mood - and it's perfectly normal that it should.
Look after yourself
When the world comes crashing down around us, more than ever we need to do the things that we know are good for us. (If you're wondering what you can do to feel a little better that's easy and effective, there are five tried and tested ways in our CAN DO challenge.)
A British prime minister - historians can't quite agree which one - once said: 'jaw, jaw is better than war, war'. He was more right than he imagined because it doesn't just apply to those directly involved, it applies to us all. We all need to talk about how this makes us feel. Acknowledge you're angry. Show you care. And look after yourself.
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.
Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.