Men's Health Month - November 2020 Resources

Men's Health Month - November 2020 Resources

November is recognised as Men's Health Awareness Month.  Part of that month is International Men's Day on the 19th.  Read more about IMD here.

It can be said that a lot of men aren't always great at looking after themselves all the time.  Here you will find a list of resources that your organisation can share with the men you are connected to so they can find the support they need.  You can share them on social media or recommend them in your contact with them.

There is a broad range of services available for men and the list below is just a selection to inspire ideas.  Especially around mental health and men's cancers, there are multiple options.  Shop around and see what works for your organisation's culture / ethos.

Some hints and tips:

  • Never assume every man is the same and all men like / want / need the same things.
  • Don't preach about these things or force them, offer them as suggestions.
  • Explain what the service is useful for, especially if you are posting on social media.  Context is everything.
  • Encourage the man to do his research and look around to find something that suits him.
  • If he is embarrassed about looking for help, tell him he can always remove his search history.  Instructions here.
  • It can be easy to give up at the first hurdle, mishap or service that didn't feel right.  Encourage him to try again.

Through all of this, please try and approach it with the mantra: Asking for help is a sign of strength not of weakness.

 

Men's Mental Health

NHS North West Boroughs - For urgent help call the 24/7 crisis line for people living in Warrington – free to call – 0800 051 1508. https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis 

Happy? OK? Sad? -  A mental health site for people who live or work in Warrington, has details of organisations which support men. https://happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk/adults.aspx

In Your Corner - A local mental health campaign aimed at men. You can download social media posts and images to promote the campaign. https://happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk/warringtons-mental-health-campaign-for-men-and-young-people.aspx

Samaritans - Available 24 hours a day. Call free on 116 123 - https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us

CALM – Helpline for men. CALM runs an anonymous & confidential helpline & webchat service for males 5pm-12am 0800 58 58 58 - www.thecalmzone.net

SHOUT – A free text based service for people of any age who find it easier to text than speak to someone. Text SHOUT to 85258 for confidential support - https://giveusashout.org/

Combat Stress -  For veterans and their families.  Call 0800 138 1619https://www.combatstress.org.uk/ can help.

Papyrus Hopeline UK - For young people (aged under 35) who are having thoughts of suicide and anyone who is worried about a young person who may be at risk of suicide. 0800 068 41 41, https://www.papyrus-uk.org/

Kooth - Free online support and counselling to young people aged 11–18 in Warrington. https://www.kooth.com/

Childline - If you are under 19 you can call 0800 1111 free or chat online 24 hours a day - https://www.childline.org.uk/ 

 

Local Men's Support Services (more to follow)

Directions For Men - Peer support groups and activities to promote better wellbeing - Facebook @Directions For Men Twitter @Directions4Men and Instagram @Directions4Men Telephone 07894 971 434

Enjoy Football - Sessions for men see OneGameAtATime section - http://www.enjoyfootball.co.uk/

 

Men's Wellbeing

Movember - A range of support and information on various topics - https://uk.movember.com/mens-health/general

Better Health – A national campaign that is designed to improve health / wellbeing and self-responsibility - https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/

Happy Hearts - Information about heart health - https://www.happy-hearts.co.uk/

Oddballs Foundation - Guides and information on testicular cancer - https://www.theoddballsfoundation.com/

Prostate Cancer UK - Guides and information on prostate issues - https://prostatecanceruk.org/

Diabetes UK - Guides and information on diabetes - https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Axxess Clinic - Warrington's Sexual Health Service - https://www.axess.clinic/find-service/axess-sexual-health-warrington/

Flu Jabs - The 2020 Flu Jab programme - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Open The Door - Information on domestic abuse / domestic violence services - https://www.openthedoorcheshire.org.uk/

Relate - Relationship / family information and advice - https://www.relate.org.uk/

LGBT Foundation - Support and advice for gay / bisexual / transmen - https://lgbt.foundation/

Citizens Advice - A range of advice and support including debt, employment and housing - https://www.warrington-advice.co.uk/

Independent Age - Considerations and information for ageing well - https://www.independentage.org/

FRANK - Information about substance misuse - https://www.talktofrank.com/

Volunteering - Information about getting involved in your community - https://www.warringtonva.org.uk/volunteering/i-want-volunteer

Cycling in Warrington - Getting out and about on two wheels or on foot - https://www.warrington.gov.uk/cycling

Parks and Green Spaces - current information on open spaces in Warrington - https://www.warrington.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces

Sport England - Campaigns like Join The Movement and We Are Undefeatable have a range of resources - https://www.sportengland.org/campaigns-and-our-work

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