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
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)
All of the clips below are available here: