Men's Health Awareness Week 2012

Men's Health Week 2012 runs from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June. To highlight Men's Health Week (MHW) 2012, Michael Lynch (from Men's Action Network in the North West) is starring in an Ireland-wide poster campaign to raise awareness of the week. The message for men is very simple: "What's Your First Instinct? ... Fight, Flight or Find Out".The core aims of Men's Health Week (MHW) each year are to ...

  • Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
  • Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
  • Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

Human beings start out life with a pre-disposition for self-preservation. This 'first instinct' drives them to eat, keep fit, be active, ensure personal safety, look after themselves, work collectively, tend to injuries etc. However, over time - especially in Western societies - it is easy to become complacent, lazy, individualistic, neglectful, indulgent, isolated, lonely ... and, consequently, for health (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) to suffer.

This year's MHW will focus upon encouraging and developing a 'First Instinct' in males which is to actively seek help, advice, support, and to act quickly in times of difficulty / crisis / ill health rather than ignoring symptoms, turning to alcohol, 'soldiering on', taking their own life ...

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