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Supporting International Men's Health Week

International Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year in the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

The need

The data, provided by the Office for National Statistics (unless specified), paints a concerning picture for men:

  • 1 in 5 men in the UK die before they reach 60 years old.

  • The biggest single cause of death in men is cancer. The second major cause of death for men was circulatory diseases.

  • Suicide is the biggest cause of death for males under 35.

  • 76% of all suicides are by men.

  • Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women

  • Men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women in the Government’s national well-being survey – with those aged 45 to 59 reporting the lowest levels of life satisfaction.

  • 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men

  • 87% of rough sleepers are men (Crisis)

  • Men are three times as likely to report frequent drug use than women (4.2% and 1.4% respectively) and more than two thirds of drug-related deaths occur in men

  • Men make up 95% of the prison population (House of Commons Library).

  • 72% of male prisoners suffer from two or more mental disorders (Reference: Social Exclusion Unit).

  • Men are nearly 50% more likely than women to be detained and treated compulsorily as psychiatric inpatients (Reference: Information Centre).

  • Men have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community (References: R. Boreham and D. Pevalin).

  • Men commit 86% of violent crime (and are twice as likely to be victims of violent crime) (Reference: ONS).

International Men's Health Week (June 10th - June 16th)

International Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year in the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

What the Praus Movement offer in support of men's health

Men, just like women, are made up of body, mind, soul and spirit. Each of our activities is designed to better men in each of those areas e.g. our ten tenners events often involve a physical activity (e.g. surfing) as well as a community element to improve mental health.

We have also recently launched a new initiative called, 'Light the Flare' to provide support to men going through tough times. You can read more about that here.

There is plenty more going on to equip men to navigate the highs and lows of life. Check out our 'Get involved' page for more details.

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