International Men’s Health Week
In June each year International Men’s Health Week is held. Age Concern New Zealand joins with College of Nurses (Aotearoa) NZ to lead celebrations in New Zealand. Men’s Health Week is a chance for New Zealand men to make a difference to their health for themselves and their families.
Why have an International Men’s Health Week:
- Male life expectancy is unnecessarily low.
- Reported male-specific diseases are increasing (especially prostate and testicular cancers)
- Men have higher risk of suicide and yet male depression remains under-diagnosed and under-treated
- Health services have been slow to respond to men’s health needs and little has been done to encourage and enable men to access services faster and more efficiently
For more information on International Men’s Health Week you can go to Age Concern New Zealand; Men’s Health Week Australia; Men’s Health Forum UK or the What’s New Page to see what Age Concern Councils have planned to celebrate this event.