Mental Health
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


Drop.
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

    Acknowledgements

    Helping us in our work we would like to acknowledge the support both past and present of:

    Dr. Ian Banks

    Ian is a retired accident and emergency doctor and general practitioner. He is a former president of the Men’s Health Forum (England and Wales), past vice president of the International Society of Men’s Health (ISMH), past deputy editor of the Men’s Health Journal and for six years the medical editor for Men’s Health magazine. He was a trustee of Developing Patient Partnerships (DPP, formerly Doctor Patient Partnership) for six years.

    Ian is a founder member of the Self Care Forum (UK) and the official spokesman on men’s health issues for the BMA.

    The BBC book The Trouble with Men was written by Ian in 1996 to accompany the television series of the same name. It was followed by Men’s Health, The Good Patient Guide, The Children’s Health Guide, Get Fit with Brittas, Men’s Health in General Practice, The Dad’s Survival Guide and Ask About Sex.

    Ian has written a series of books for Haynes. These include Man Workshop Manual, Baby Workshop Manual, Sex Workshop Manual, Woman Workshop Manual, Toddler Manual, Cancer Manual (the only book in 2004 to win the Plain English Award), HGV MAN (on men and weight) and Brain (dealing with men and mental wellbeing). He has also written or edited over 150 small workshop manuals on various areas of men’s health with a distribution of over two million copies.

    Ian was appointed visiting professor of men’s health in Europe by Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005 and awarded the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Gold Medal for public health in 2007, followed by appointment to the RSPH Academy. In 2012, the RSPH appointed Ian as Professorial Fellow to the Society.

    The City of Vienna and the ISMH honoured Ian with their award for public health in September 2007. He is now visiting professor in men’s health at the University of Ulster and honorary senior lecturer in men and cancer at Queens University Medical School. He currently chairs the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO) patient advisory committee and the European Forum Against Blindness.

    In 2013, Ian was appointed to the board of the European Cancer Concord which produced the Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights. He acts as the Guardian of the Royal College of General Practitioner’s (RCGP) syllabus and statement on men’s health and is a trustee of the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. In January 2015, Ian was appointed Visiting Professor in cancer inequalities at Leeds University and to the European Society of Medical Oncologists’ (ESMO) patient advocacy committee.

    Marie Dunne RMN

    Marie is a Mental Health Promotion Specialist for the Western Health and Social Care Trust. She has a brief for Mental Health And Emotional Wellbeing. Throughout her career in health improvement she has specialised in the field of mental health promotion and this has involved supporting the implementation of the Regional Mental Health Promotion Strategy within the WHSCT area.

    She has worked regionally, locally and cross-border on numerous initiatives including ‘getting it together’ a peer led emotional health programme, which received the Prince’s Trust recognition award. She has facilitated a range of training programmes including mental health first aid, cognitive behaviour life skills training, stress management, mental health promotion training and strengthening families which was piloted in the western Trust area.

    She has undertaken a lot of literature research and review in to the area of resilience and have produced a resilience tool kit to maintain resilience in our working lives. She facilitates workshops and seminars to promote wellbeing and resilience, and to provide individuals with practical tools to help build and maintain their personal resilience in an ever changing world.

    Maire has dedicated her whole career to the field of mental health which spans 34 years and is very passionate about this area. She believes there is ‘no health without mental health’and it should be the corner stone for all that we do

    Marie has two beautiful daughters who are also her best friends and they keep her young and full of life and what could be better for your mental health.

    Finian Murray

    Finian Murray is the Men’s Health Development Officer within the Health Promotion and Improvement Department of the Health Service Executive (HSE). He is also a Trustee of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI).

    The Republic of Ireland was the first country in the world to have a National Men’s Health Policy, and Finian’s role within the HSE involves the continuation of men’s health work which began during the lifetime of the Policy (2008-2013), and which is implemented today via the ‘Healthy Ireland Men Action Plan’.

    Finian coordinates and delivers the original Engage - National Men’s Health Training Programme , as well as the newly developed Engage Unit 6: Connecting with Young Men module. He was one of the team who helped to develop this nationally recognised programme. He has also authored a number of peer-reviewed and other publications in men’s health, and contributes a regular humour column to the HSE’s staff publication called ‘Health Matters’ .

    Prior to his current position, Finian worked as Project Leader for the North Eastern Health Board and as the Community Development Officer for the Irish Wheelchair Association. He has a Master’s Degree in Adult and Community Education from the National University of Ireland Maynooth.