Men's Health Week 2021
Join Team AWARE as we mark Men's Health Week 2021!
Men’s Mental Health – Real Stories from AWARE staff, volunteers & service users
This week, we’re shining a light on men’s mental health by sharing inspiring mental health journeys from our male staff, volunteers and service users. Keep an eye on our social media channels throughout the week as we will be sharing some self-care tips, videos, and mental health blog posts with the hope that these will encourage other men to open up and start their journey towards better mental health.
You can find us on Facebook/Twitter @AwareNI, Instagram @aware_ni, and LinkedIn @AWARE NI
Check out this article in the Belfast Telegraph featuring lived experience stories from our volunteers and supporters.
Men’s Mood Matters – Free Online Awareness Sessions
Thanks to generous donations received through our Men’s Health Week 2020 campaign, we’re offering free online 'Mood Matters' sessions for men! The sessions are taking place over zoom on Weds 16th June. They will explore issues related to men's mental health including how to manage feelings of stress and anxiety. There are two sessions at the following times:
10.30am - 12.30pm
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Sign up by clicking here. Please share with any men who you feel may benefit from these free sessions!
Stand Up for Men
Last year, we launched our #StandUpForMen campaign to raise awareness of men's mental health in
Northern Ireland. We shared stories from men from all over the country who told us why they were
standing up for men's mental health. Due the campaign’s success in encouraging men to open up, we’ll be revisiting it this week. There’s a stigma surrounding mental health in Northern Ireland, with mounting pressure on men to ‘man up’. Men are less likely to open up to their family and friends about their struggles with mental health, which can have worrying consequences. In fact, suicide is the leading killer of men under 50 in Northern Ireland with 1 in 3 men having experienced suicidal thoughts as a result of feeling stressed. We hope this video will help to break down the stigma and show local men that it is OK to talk about mental health!
Please stay tuned to our social media channels this week and get in touch with us if you have any comments or stories you wish to share with us.