The burden of ill-health and death is borne, in particular, by men from lower socio-economic groups and these men are up to 6 times more likely to die from the leading causes death than men from socio-economic group 1. Over the years men’s health was addressed through a range of programmes on offer from community, voluntary and statutory services.
In 2012 the Southern Area Men’s Health Steering Group was established.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness and concern about the burden of ill health experienced by men in the island of Ireland.
Male life expectancy is almost 5 years lower than female life expectancy and men in Ireland have higher death rates for most of the leading causes of death across the lifespan. The Stationery Office, Dublin) For men in Northern Ireland there are gaps in access, services and treatment in rural or remote areas, in areas of social disadvantage and other groups, particularly traveller, gay, bisexual or transgender males.
Database of support for Men’s Health in the Southern Trust area Template for data collection.
Read more See Men's Shed Armagh on You Tube Official launch of South Tyrone Men’s Shed The Southern Health and Social Care Trust, along with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council welcomed visitors, shed members and their families to the official launch of South Tyrone’s Men’s Shed on 04 March 2015.Read more E-Male Matters Newsletter is the free electronic newsletter of the Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI).The Southern Trust secured funding through the Department for Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal programme to establish a Men’s Shed project in the Dungannon/Coalisland area.Since then the project, based in renovated premises within Dungannon Convent, has been working with older men living across the Dungannon and South Tyrone area to help improve their quality of life and reduce health inequalities., they hosted a public forum at the Strawberry Hill Library in Surrey to discuss key issues on mental health and suicide. John Oliffe of the Men’s Depression and Suicide Network, Tara Joshi, Kulpreet Singh, Sadia Sameeullah, Marlyn Ferguson, Genesis Family Empowerment Society, and Carol Todd.
This powerful event was standing-room only with over 100 attendees, which just goes to show what an important issue this is for so many people.