International Men’s Health Week 2022 is back and will be taking place between Monday 13th and Sunday 19th June. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of men and boys around the world.
Men’s Health Week 2022 was created by the US Congress in 1994 to educate the general public about preventable health problems and also encourage the early detection and treatment of a variety of diseases amongst men and boys. On average, men die 5 years earlier than women. Men are also at higher risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and heart disease. To improve men’s health, it is important to increase the understanding in our society about preventative screenings and regular health care for men of all ages.
Narrow-minded phrases like “be a man” are still cropping up in 2022, which is why we need to address the ways in which our ideas of masculinity are still affecting male health on a global scale. Male health is often ignored and swept under the carpet, and that’s what International Men’s Health Week is trying to change.
“Even today, with healthcare research going further than ever before, men are still falling behind women in taking care of themselves”
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Movember, The Blue Ribbon Foundation, Orchid and Prostate Cancer UK are just a few of the many male health charities that men can reach out to if they’re struggling or need advice. You can find a more extensive list of charities on UK Men’s Day website. With donations from supporters, they fund vital life-saving research projects and community initiatives to help those who are experiencing difficulties and their families get through and maybe start their lives again.