Men's Health Week 2021
Men's Health Week 2021
Chemist4U is proud to be supporting Men’s Health Week 2021, running from the 14th to the 21st of June 2021.
The campaign is focusing on men’s mental health and how it may have been affected by COVID-19.
There’s going to be a lot of new challenges facing us as we come out of lockdown, so it’s important that all men feel able to reach out about any mental health concerns they have going forward.
In this guide, we’ll be exploring how the pandemic has affected men’s mental health and how Men’s Health Week is offering helpful support and advice this year.
How has COVID-19 affected men’s mental health?
COVID-19 has thrown us all a whole heap of challenges that we weren’t expecting.
There was already a men’s mental health crisis happening in the UK even before the pandemic started, with suicide being the biggest killer of men under 45.
This is because men are far less likely than women to seek help or treatment for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
Bottling up these problems makes them a whole lot worse, and many men will start to feel alone with their struggles.
With the added pressures of COVID-19 and the restrictions it’s brought, more men will be facing mental health problems for the first time and those with existing problems may be finding it a lot harder than usual.
We know how important it is to talk with our loved ones, but a lot of men may have found this more difficult than usual with rules in place that prevent us from socialising with friends and family in person.
On top of all this, men are more likely to be in the kind of jobs where they can’t work from the safety of their home, putting them at a greater risk of catching COVID-19.
Certain groups of male-dominated workforces, like taxi drivers for example, have had their income disproportionately affected and some haven’t received adequate financial support from the government.
This means that it’s more important than ever for men to feel comfortable talking about their wellbeing and reaching out for help if they need to - there’s absolutely no shame in doing so.
Men’s Health Week 2021 is aiming to help men move forward with a new approach to their mental wellness: the CAN DO challenge.
The CAN DO Challenge
This year, Men’s Health Week is urging men to try the CAN DO challenge, to boost mental well-being and raise money for charity.
The CAN DO challenge focuses on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, encouraging men to try a different approach towards improving their mental wellness each day of the week.
The five ways to well-being are:
- Connect (spend time with other people)
- Active (move your body)
- Notice (take notice of the environment around you)
- Discover (learn something new)
- Offer (do something for someone else)
All of these things are scientifically proven to help us feel better, so the challenge is to try one each day of the week and see how it makes you feel.
If you’re interested in getting involved, you can join the challenge here.
Men’s Health Strategy
As part of the campaign, Men’s Health Week 2021 will be promoting the drive for a Men’s Health Strategy.
The government recently started work on a Women’s Health Strategy for England, focusing on the role of sex and gender in health.
Men’s Health Week is calling on the government to introduce a National Men’s Health Strategy as well, focusing on prevention, care and outcomes in the physical and mental health of men and boys.
This project will see more research, better male-friendly mental health services and more work to tackle harmful gender stereotypes.
To support the campaign for a Men’s Health Strategy, you can find out more and sign the petition here.