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Are you worried about mental health?
If you're having mental health problems, you're not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

Do you need urgent help?
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available. You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

What is our aim?
It is our aim to increase awareness and decrease stigma so that people are as able to be open about their mental health condition as they are about having a cold.

How can we help you?

Fundamental to our work is addressing the isolation men feel, isolation that can in times of crisis lead to serious life consequences like addiction, depression, and in some extreme instances suicide. Core to our work is an ethos of prevention and intervention, recognising and supporting men and boys emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and social life experiences while striving to develop their holistic health and wellbeing.

Hope from Hopelessness: Empowering men to understand and improve their mental health.

On Monday 5th March 2018, at the Student Zone, Northwest Regional College, Derry-Londonderry, there was an exploration around why men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women.

The resources below where produced for the event.

Event Presenation.

Key Points and Event Highlights.

Dr. Ian Banks.
Walls in the Mind. Scaling the barriers of mental health

Mary Dunn.

Mens Action Preformance.

Sonia Montgomery.

Maolíosa Mc Hugh.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council. Sinn Fein Councillor for Derg Ward

Written and Directed by John Deery

Special Thanks to

Clear Project, Public Health Agency, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Men's Health Forum in Ireland, Northwest Regional College, Nerve Centre.

Men's Health Symposium 2018

On Thursday 15th March 2018, a Men’s Health Symposium was held in Dr Steevens' Hospital, Dublin, as part of the ‘Healthy Ireland - Men’ Action Plan. This free event - titled 'Men in the Middle’ - explored the diverse health and wellbeing needs of middle-aged men in Ireland.

There were a number of key elements to the programme ...

  • Presentation of key data on the health and wellbeing of middle-aged men in Ireland - Central Statistics Office (CSO) and The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).
  • Launch of a Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) report on research findings from Year 1 of their Middle-Aged Men and Mental Health Project - titled ‘Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland’.
  • A performance piece called ‘Hope’ - written and acted by men (from Men’s Action Network in Derry) who have all contemplated taking their own lives at some point in the past, but who found a positive reason to stop these thoughts and move forward.
  • Examples of new / current research in Ireland which focuses upon the target age group - presented via a ‘5-in-5’ session i.e. five speakers, with five PowerPoint slides each, to explain their work in five minutes.
  • Showcasing some practical examples of what is happening to support middle-aged men across Ireland (via short video clips).
  • Keynote address by Prof Alan White, Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University.
  • Question-and-answer session with a panel of international experts in the field of men’s health.

  • There was unprecendented interest in this event, and most of the places available were allocated within 72 hours of it being announced. Follow the links below to find out more about what happened on this day ...

    Programme Outline

    Men in the Middle - What the census tells us (PDF of Slides) - Brendan Murphy, CSO:

    Formal and Informal Social Participation among Middle-Aged Men: Findings from The Longitudinal Study on Ageing (PDF of Slides) - Mark Ward, TILDA:

    Official Launch of the 'Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland' Report - John Meehan, National Office for Suicide Prevention:

    Overview of Findings from the ‘Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland’ Research - Shane O'Donnell and Noel Richardson, National Centre for Men's Health (PDF of Slides)

    ‘Middle-Aged Men and Suicide in Ireland’ Report

    5-in-5 Presentations on current research (access PDF of Slides by clicking on each link) ...

    1. Effectiveness of a community-based physical activity programme in reaching inactive middle-aged men - Liam Kelly, ITC

    2. Younger men’s experience of prostate cancer - Impact on mental health and daily lives - Bróna Mooney, NUIG:

    3. Effective Engagement for Middle-Aged Men in Sheds - Edel Byrne, IMSA:

    4. The Place 4 U Clonmel Men’s Health and Wellbeing Programme - Kickstart your way to a healthy lifestyle - Ann Binchy, Place 4 U:

    5. Enhancing Men’s Awareness of Testicular Disorders (E-MAT) Using a Virtual Reality Intervention: A Pre-Post Study - Mohamad Saab, UCC

    Emerging Issues in Middle-Aged Men’s Health: An International Perspective - Prof Alan White (PDF of PowerPoint Slides)

    Video clips of practice ...

    - Men on the Move

    - Mojo

    - Kilcock Men’s Shed

    - Larkin Centre


    We would like to acknowledge the support both past and present of all partner organisations.