It’s Men’s Health Week, 15 to 21 June, and the focus this year is to ‘Take Action on Covid-19’.
The awareness campaign, which runs every year just before Father’s Day, highlights the health issues that affect men and aims to encourage men to seek help and advice when needed.
The charity behind the week, the Men’s Health Forum, wants to raise awareness of the fact that men are twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than women.
This is believed to be due to a number of factors such as lifestyle choices and behaviours. During Men’s Health Week men are urged to take action to understand Covid-19, to take action on social distancing and to make workplaces safe by protecting themselves and others.
Protect yourself from Covid-19
You can protect yourself and others against Covid-19, whoever you are, by regular and thorough hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (or use sanitiser), following the latest social distancing guidance and making sure you keep a two metre distance from anyone outside of your household.
It’s important to stay at home as much as possible and if you do develop any symptoms; high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – to self-isolate and arrange for a test through nhs.uk/coronavirus. It’s also key to self-isolate if you are asked to do so by the NHS Test and Trace service.
Look after your mental health
Being in lockdown and not having your usual freedom can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. There is lots of information, advice and support available if you do need support.
The online campaign Kind to Your Mind has a wealth of advice and useful resources around looking after your mental health. There are some great podcasts including with Andy Cole (ex-premier league footballer), where he discusses how men can look after their mental health at this difficult time.
The online wellbeing portal, ALMA, has a range of free online therapy programmes, which include short modules on dealing with stress, getting better sleep, improving resilience, and coping with your emotions during the pandemic.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
I’d urge every man in Knowsley to take some time this week to focus on their health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Take action to understand Covid-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and those around you from it.
“If you’re finding things tough right now take some time to look after your mental and physical health and check out the free, online resources. No one should feel they don’t know where to turn as there’s so much information, advice and support available.”