Men's health champions: an idea whose time has come
The Forum has been working with men's health champions in different places and guises for several years but it seems to me that this is an idea whose time has come.
Health champions are non-health professionals who listen and talk with others about their health. Anyone can do it. In a pandemic, the barriers to regular health services are even higher than they usually are. But at the same time, mental and physical wellbeing are under increased pressure. It's a major challenge. Talking to someone can make all the difference.
Health champions can operate in groups, clubs, societies, workplaces - any collective of people, really. But when collective activity is less face-to-face and more online, they can really come inot their own.
For an employer looking to provide a safe and easy point of contact, for a club that's currently not meeting so much or at all, a health champion could help keep the group together and support those who may be in difficulty.
- Next month, the Forum running an online health champions training course open to anyone at all - find out more about being an Champion and train to become one. The course is 2 x two hour sessions on 22nd and 24th October (10-12noon).
- Read more about health champions training.
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.