Activity of Men's Health Forum (England and Wales)
Aims and objectives
The only independent national organisation campaigning for better health for men and boys. Official Strategic Partner of the U.K. Department of Health. Our vision is a future in which all boys and men have an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being. Work to achieve this through: policy development, research and lobbying; supporting other organisations and services; leading the annual National Men's Health Week; publishing health information materials for men; running the "consumer" website for men: www.malehealth.co.uk.; working with MPs and government; developing innovative and imaginative best practice projects; training service providers and others; collaborating with a wide range of interested organisations and individuals. Our work focuses particularly on those groups of men with the worst health. We strive to ensure that we take account of the diversity of men. We are committed to the principle of achieving better health for both sexes. We recognise that the health of men and women is often interconnected. We do not advocate improving male health at the expense of female health nor do we argue in favour of diverting health resources from women to men.
Name: Men's Health Forum (England and Wales)
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Health; Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: United Kingdom
Organisation City: London
32-36 Loman Street
Organisation Zip Code: SE1 0EH
Organisation Phone: +44 2079227908
- Just completed a three year research project investigating why men are less likely than women to take up the offer of screening within England's national bowel cancer screening programme. The research involved qualitative research with men and a survey of 2000 randomly selected men and women. The project has made recommendations to government about ways in which the gap between men and women might be closed.
- In 2010 and 2011, published two national reports into issues associated with male mental health: http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mental-health/20945-untold-problems-ou... http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/21826-first-ever-male-mental-health-guidelines
- In September 2011, the UK and Ireland became the first European countries to participate in Blue September, an international initiative aimed at improving men's knowledge of cancer and awareness of cancer symptoms. Awareness of symptoms among men is measurably lower than among women and is one of the reasons why men are more likely to develop and die from the non sex-specific cancer. Blue September aims to close the gap in knowledge between men and women. The MHF is managing Blue September in the UK: www.blueseptember.org
- Runs a Men's Health Week in June every year. Focus for 2011 on improving men's health using new technologies (see http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/21706-mens-health-week-2011 for details).
- Previous topics were: physical activity and sport (2010); improving health services (2009); improving male health through action in the workplace (2008); and men and long-term health conditions.
- Delivering Male - Effective practice in male mental health (2011)Untold Problems: a review of the essential issues in mental health of men and boys (2010)
- Racks of make up and no spanners (2009) (men's use of pharmacy)
- With A Pinch Of Salt (2009) (workplace interventions to improve male awareness of salt in the diet)
- The Gender and Access to Health Services Study: Final Report (2008)-report for the Department of Health on the different ways women and men access health services