Men’s Health Week ran from the 13th-19th June 2016 and offered an important opportunity for conversations around the health and wellbeing of men. With one man in five dying before the age of 65, and more than three quarters of suicides being male, improving the health of men remains important. It is an area where gendered imbalances around the causes of illness and mortality can be readily seen. The Men's Health Forum's focus for 2016’s Men’s Health Week was around beating stress.
In the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University, the men’s health agenda is our constant focus. However, Men’s Health Week offered an important opportunity to celebrate the important work we and others from across the University do, and to share that with others. Recent research in the Centre has included projects around mental health promotion, mental health recovery, community support for fathers, resilience building, peer support for mental health, men’s experiences of infertility, and working with Leeds City Council to map the health and social issues of men across Leeds. Colleagues from across the University also write on a variety of men’s health topics and around contemporary masculinity and a selection of key papers can be seen below.
This month has seen the third in a series of publications stretching back 20yrs mapping shifts in men’s health promotion in the UK: something no other country has done. On the 13th June 2016 and as part of Men’s Health Week the ‘State of Men’s Health in Leeds’ report was launched at Leeds Beckett University. This research, led by Professor Alan White, Co-Director of the Centre for Men’s Health, offers insight into the trends and patterns in the health and social issues experienced by men across Leeds.