BIG LOTTERY FUND GRANTS - Boost for familes in the Northwest

Men’s Action Network is one of three projects working with families in the north west that have been awarded grants totalling £2,091,251 from the programme. Other projects are working with families with children who have children with sight loss, autism and physical disabilities. (a full list of grants awarded can be found here). Men’s Action Network has been awarded £698,767 to work with Fermanagh Women’s Aid on the five-year Fathering Families project. It is supporting families who may have experienced issues including poverty, separation, divorce, addiction and domestic violence in the Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen, Dungiven, Magherafelt and Omagh areas to be healthier, happier and stronger. The project is working with a range of other agencies and activities include parenting and communication skills, peer support, play and art therapy and signposting to other services.

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Men's Health Week.

International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself. It is celebrated in many European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide. The overall aims of MHW are to:
1. Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
2. Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

Almost fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong told the world that ‘the Eagle has landed’ and got out of the Lunar Module saying some of the most famous words in history: ‘One small step for [a] man. One giant leap for mankind’. This was certainly an iconic moment. Neil and his colleagues (Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) had taken a huge step into the unknown. There was a great challenge in front of them, but they met it head on. They were in a vulnerable situation, but they relied on each other’s support and the back-up of (as Neil later said) hundreds of thousands of people behind the project.

During Men's Health Week 2018, people in Ireland are also being asked to do something out of this world. Everyone is encouraged to work together to do at least one small practical thing to improve their own health and the health of men across the island.

The starting point for this year’s conversation about improving the health of males is to answer the question: ‘what’s your small step going to be?’... If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, then it might be time to think about doing something that will make a positive difference to the health of the men and boys that you have contact with and influence over. MHW 2018 offers a launch pad to do this. A whole series of one small steps for man will guarantee one giant leap for men’s health on the island of Ireland!

There is certainly a need to ask this question, as men, in Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young
• Local men die, on average, four and a half years younger than women do.
• Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death.
• Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
• Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable

Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, their prevalence among men may, in fact, rise in the future

Animations: James Vincent, Institute of Public Health:
Countdown to MHW 2018
Full MHW 2018 animation
Eat Better

Anne Farrell, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus:
Derek (overcoming anxiety)
Vinny (weight loss)
Steve (health scare prompted weight loss)
Ciaran (beating Type 2 Diabetes)

Shauna O’Connor, See Change:
Rick (not hiding behind a mask)
Neil (talking about difficulties)

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Useful Links & resources

Below are a number of links to other sites that will give you a flavour and insight to just some of the work ongoing in this field.
Please note that the value-base and content of these sites is not necessarily endorsed by Men's Action Network.

Fathering & Family Life

Amen - helpline and support for male victims of domestic abuse in Ireland.
Child Maintenance Choices - free and confidential information to help separated parents to make informed choices about child maintenance in Northern Ireland. - Irish website for fathers and fathers-to-be covering a broad range of issues.
Dad Info - UK website providing information on a spectrum of topics.
Families Need Fathers - concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown in the UK.
Fatherhood Institute - UK website featuring research, reports, practice issues and resources.
Fathers and Families: Research and Reflection on Key Questions - Department of Health and Children Report published in 2000.
Home-Start Northern Ireland - network of trained volunteers offering practical support to parents who are struggling to cope.
Men in Limerick Experiencing Separation (MILES) - support group for men who are coping with the effects of a relationship breakdown or who are separated from their family.
Men's Advisory Project (MAP) - counselling for male victims of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland, and offers anger management support.
Parenting Forum Northern Ireland - highlights the needs of parents in order to influence policy, planning and service delivery.
Parentline - provides information and a listening ear to parents in the Republic of Ireland.
Parents Advice Centre - offers a free and confidential helpline for parents in Northern Ireland, parenting education courses, and a range of articles on parenting issues.
Sands Northern Ireland - support to parents and families bereaved by stillbirth and neonatal death.
SENAC - independent advice and advocacy service to parents of children with special educational needs in Northern Ireland.
The Ultimate Guide to Addiction and Suicide by Paul Clarke at Ocean Recovery Centre.

Family & Mental Health

Addiction and the Adopted Child - Help you understand the theories behind increased addiction rates among adopted children.
Does Your Tween Need Therapy? - A guide to when and how to find help for your tween or teen.
The Emotional and Psychological Effects of Cancer - The mental side effects of cancer treatment.
When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue - Several things people can do when grief becomes a mental health issue.
Becoming a Happy Empty Nester - What’s the impact of empty nest syndrome?
Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors - An aging body and mind require specialised attention.
Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder - How you can help your loved one and yourself.

Caring for your Whole Self

A Healthy Home is a Happy Home - How to Optimise Your Home for Healthy, Stress-free Living.
How to start a healthy lifestyle - Remove all the obstacles standing between you and your fitness goals.
How to Detox After Quitting Smoking - 9 Simple Tips.
A Personal Action Plan For Addiction Recovery - Natural recovery, biological, psychological, social, and spiritual options.
Dental Health and Addiction - How Different Substances Affect Oral Wellness
Promoting Mental Health at Home - How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room.

Mental Health & Sleep

What Sleep Deprivation Does To Your Brain - Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Deprivation.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep Disorders - Sleep Help for Those Diagnosed With ASD.
Sleep Help’s Full Collection of Resources - Make sense of the common issues affecting your sleep.

Men & Mental Health Contacts

Addiction Prevention: 34 Essential Lesson Plans for Educators
Alternative Treatments for Addiction
AnamAire - is a non-profit partnership in the West of Ireland which offers personal development and emotional support services.
Aware - supports those who are directly affected by depression and offers a helpline (Republic of Ireland). For Aware in Northern Ireland, click here.
Contact Youth - free and confidential counselling to young people in Northern Ireland.
Drug Prevention 4 Teens
Counselling Directory - signposting to a United Kingdom-wide network of professional counsellors. Also provides a range of statistics, useful articles, and information.
Grow - network of mental health support groups throughout Ireland.
Heads Away Just Say - mental health support and advice for young people on a range of subjects.
Mental Health Ireland - national voluntary organisation offering information, events, research, networks and projects.
Minding Your Head - spot the symptoms of poor mental health and find simple ways to stay healthy.
National Office for Suicide Prevention - research, training and reports in this field.
National Suicide Research Foundation - research evidence which contributes to the prevention of suicidal behaviour in Ireland.
Recover - information and resources for people coping with schizophrenia.
RU Right in the Head? - booklet for young men, providing information on issues which can affect their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Samaritans - confidential and non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who are experiencing distress or despair.
See Change - partnership to reduce stigma and challenge the discrimination associated with mental health problems.
Shine - support for people affected by mental ill-health.
Stamp Out Suicide! - suicide awareness information for those feeling depressed and suicidal, and for those bereaved by suicide.
Stress, Mental Health and Suicide: Men - inequalities and unfair access issues emerging from the DHSSPS (2004) “Equality and Inequalities in Health and Social Care: A Statistical Overview” Report (PDF, 68KB).
Teen Depression - A Guide for Parents
Teen-Line Ireland - helpline for teenagers which provides a listening and support service.
The Mesothelioma Center - information about mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects protective membranes surrounding lungs, heart and abdominal cavity mainly caused by asbestos exposure
Your Mental Health - improves awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being in Ireland.
ZocDoc Search for Mental Health Service Providers

Physical Activity & Diet

Cycle NI - cycle routes in Northern Ireland for all abilities.<
Eurobarometer report on sport and physical activity.
Get a Life, Get Active - information, motivation and tips to increase your level of physical activity.
Get Ireland Active website.
Highway to Health - developed by Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health.
Irish Heart Foundation - information on why we need to get active and how.
Irish Trails - trails and walking routes in Ireland.
Little Steps - suggestions for little steps to becoming more active.
The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland.
Outdoor NI - guide to outdoor activities in Northern Ireland.
Slí na Sláinte - scheme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation to encourage people to walk for leisure and good health.
Walk NI - walking routes in Northern Ireland for both the serious rambler and short strollers.
Weigh 2 Live - practical advice on weight loss, developed by nutritionists from SafeFood and dietitians from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.

Research, Statistics, Policy & Reports

Gender Equality Strategy Statistics - 2011 Update (PDF, 735KB): Prepared for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland (OFMDFM) by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
Getting Inside Men's Health: Outcomes of a research project to inform the development of a National Men's Health Policy in the Republic of Ireland.
Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2011 (PDF, 2.26MB): Health data on the Republic of Ireland over the past decade, which aims to highlight trends and topics of growing concern, as well as to assess progress in the broader EU context.
Men in Northern Ireland (MiNI) Series: Headline factsheets on males, presenting key statistics relating to demography, work, health, education, family life and caring responsibilities (prepared by staff from ARK).
Men's Life and Times: A module within the 2000 and 2004 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, conducted by the ARK team within Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster. This research explores the attitudes of both men and women to issues affecting men.
North Leitrim Men's Research: Report, in 2001, on research conducted by the North Leitrim Men's Group into the needs of single rural men.
Social Focus on Men: Produced by National Statistics, this report provides an overview of the changing lives and roles of men in the United Kingdom in terms of their health, work, income, education, family situation and lifestyle in 2001.
Women and Men in Ireland, 2011 (PDF, 1.21MB): Gender equality indicators collated by the Central Statistics Office in the Republic of Ireland.