Tailored health awareness and literacy

MEN'S HEALTH MANIFESTO: Especially among boys

Support school Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) to include:

  • Diet, activity, sexual and mental health, first aid and self-care for men and boys
  • Understanding and using the health system
  • Development of empathy and emotional intelligence and healthy sexual behaviour
  • Tackling mental health stigma
  • Male-tailored information and education – for men and boys
  • Support men’s desire for information about their conditions
  • Invest in building symptom awareness – especially for cancer, obstructive sleep apnoea and depression. Social marketing to support lifestyle change

Why is this important?

  • There are lower levels of health awareness among men than women.
  • One study found that men were than twice as likely as women to have inadequate health literacy.
  • Men are less likely to know how to contact an out-of-hours GP.
  • A large study of British adults found that women were more likely than men to recall seven out of nine cancer warning signs.

Men's life expectancy and deprivation, the social gradient

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 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.