Here are the Frequently Asked Questions prepared for the first men's health week in 2002. You might still find them useful but for more up-to-date information on subsequent weeks, click on the appropriate year on the left-hand margin.
It has been a long-standing ambition of the Men's Health Forum to establish Men's Health Week (MHW) as a well-known and clearly-defined event that focuses attention on men's health issues and stimulates health promoting activities at all levels. The Forum now has an opportunity to launch MHW as a major annual and national event.
Men's health in the UK is now beginning to get the attention it deserves:
A clear opportunity exists for health and other organizations - public, voluntary and private, national and local - to work together to focus attention on key men's health issues and to develop practical initiatives that can make a difference to the health of the nation's men.
The idea of an annual national Men's Health Week (MHW) was first developed in the USA where, in 1994, it was put on a statutory basis by President Clinton. The US MHW is now well-established and linked to a wide range of local and national initiatives. It is held each year during the week that ends with Fathers' Day (in mid-June).
The Men's Health Forum will launch a national strategic plan to tackle the poor state of men's health at a major media event in London. This event, which will be attended by politicians, celebrities, representatives of key health and MHW partner organisations, is expected to generate huge interest and publicity. The launch will also provide an opportunity for partner organizations to highlight their own men's health initiatives.
Local men's health events and initiatives on a wide range of issues will also take place throughout the country. These will be organized by primary care groups/trusts, health promotion units, hospitals, local authorities, schools, colleges, voluntary groups, charities, employers, commercial organizations and many other groups and individuals. These activities will not only directly reach individual men but also generate local and regional media coverage.
In the period leading up to MHW, the Forum will provide national and local organisations with practical ideas for men's health initiatives. These will include holding men's 'MOTs' in local pubs or shopping centers, organizing radio phone-ins with local doctors, working in schools on testicular self-examination, publishing anthologies of men's experiences of health problems and launching new policy or practice initiatives.
The Men's Health Forum will lead, co-ordinate and provide a national focus for MHW activities. It will not seek to control and dictate those activities, however. What is important is that organizations and individuals use the opportunities presented by MHW to develop the type of initiatives that interest and enthuse them and which are relevant to their particular constituencies.
The Forum is seeking partnership support from the widest range of organizations and individuals for MHW. It is not asking partners to endorse every aspect of its national strategic plan for men's health but rather to associate themselves with the Forum's commitment to improving men's health and with MHW. The Forum also hopes that supporting organizations will wish to develop their own men's health initiatives in MHW (and beyond).
The benefits of partnership will vary among organisations but they will include:
Firstly, please thoroughly look through all of the links above to previous NMHW documents and the most recent resource pack (the ones for NMHW2004 and 2005 can be found in those sections).
If you can't find what you are looking for anywhere here, please feel free to get in touch with Matthew Maycock, National Men's Health Week Coordinator using the feedback box below or 08701453815
Page created on September 11th, 2003
Page updated on December 1st, 2009