Men’s Health Week
2023 June 12 - June 18
International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself.
Celebrated in many places worldwide, the overall aims of MHW are to:
Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices/activities.
Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Men's Mental Health
Talking about how you’re feeling is not always easy; it can be very uncomfortable for many people. This is especially true for many men in Ireland, who have been told they need to “just get on with it” or "man up". As a result, many men may bottle things up or push their feelings away, keeping how they are feeling to themselves.
This outdated thinking can be harmful to your mental health and often makes it much more challenging to reach out for support. Thankfully Ireland is becoming a country that actively encourages all people, regardless of gender, to share how they are feeling and take steps to improve their mental health and welbeing.
There are many support services all around the country that are there to listen when you’re ready to talk.
Reaching out for help is an act of great courage, to find a support service that is right for you, you will find a handy list of resources here
The focus for each day is ...
Friday 9th June: What's your 'Picture of Health'? - be the man you want to be
Monday 12th June: Trash the ash
Tuesday 13th June: Prevention is better than cure
Wednesday 14th June: Food for thought
Thursday 15th June: What do you depend on?
Friday 16th June: Mental Fitness
Saturday 17th June: Let’s get physical - be more than a sports spectator
Sunday 18th June: Fathers Day - the important role that fathers play in their children's lives
Click on the image below to download a copy of the New Man Manual for MHW "Action Man - ten top tips for men's health"
For more information and resources, please visit
Support for Men
Men’s Aid offers support to men experiencing domestic violence and abuse, now or in the past. They provide specialist counselling, practical information and legal options. They will respect and support you no matter your decision, whether you want to leave the relationship you’re in or if you want to stay.
Their services include:
National Confidential Helpline on 01 554 3811
Counselling both face-to-face and over the phone
Legal advice and practical support
Why is there a need to hold a Men's Health Week?
Males constitute almost 50% of the population on the island of Ireland and, therefore, deserve to have a gender lens focused on their specific health needs.
Research clearly shows that men experience a disproportionate burden of ill health and die too young ...
Local men die younger than women do.
Males have higher death rates than females for almost all of the leading causes of death and at all ages.
Men’s poorer lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
Late presentation to health services can lead to a large number of problems becoming untreatable ...
Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, their prevalence amongst men may, in fact, rise in the future.
During 2023, the MHW theme for Ireland will be 'The Picture of Health', and the call to men (and those who support the health of men) will be what does that look like to you?
Electronic versions of this resource can be downloaded here.