Mens Health Event 17th November @10am Parliament Buildings - Being a Man in the Modern World

22/11/2016

A very successful men’s health event took place recently in Parliament Buildings, co –hosted between the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Men’s Health Forum and the Belfast Trust Men’s Health Worker. This is the first time the two Trusts have worked in partnership to run an event to mark ‘International Men’s Day’.

The South Eastern H&SC Trust Men’s Health Forum was set up in January 2015 by Alison Doake (Health Development Specialist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust) as she felt there should be a greater emphasis on promoting men’s health within the Trust. The forum includes those working with men in the statutory, community and voluntary sector. A representative from this group also sits on the Men’s Health All Ireland Committee.

To date the Forum has focused its resources on running events to mark ‘Men’s Health Week’ in June and a further event to highlight International Men’s Day in November. The first Men’s Health Campaign ran in June 2015 with two events being organised by the forum. This was followed up by a very successful event last November in Ballynahinch aimed at those working in Men’s Health when over sixty people attended.

In June 2016 thirteen events were organised Trust wide to celebrate Men’s Health Week. This year’s theme was ‘Men United through Health and Wellbeing’ the materials provided nationally by the Men’s Health Ireland Committee featured Martin O’Neill and Michael O’Neill. Included in the events was a penalty shoot- out competition and health fair, a walking football tournament, boat launch as well as a series of men’s health checks. This was accompanied by a very successful media campaign.

At the launch of Men’s Health Week in June at Stormont the Minister for Health very kindly offered to host an event at Parliament Buildings to celebrate International Men’s Day in November. It was at this meeting that it was decided to run the event jointly between the Trusts.

 Brendan Whittle (Director of Children’s Services and Executive Director of Social Work, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust), Alison Doake (Health Development Specialist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust), Elaine Hardy (Health Development Specialist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust), Dr Naresh Chada (Senior Medical Officer, Department of Health), Dr Ken Harland (Consultant, Trainer and Researcher), Heather Holland (CDRCN), Jenny Laverty (CDRCN), Finian Murray (Men’s Health Development Officer, Health Promotion and Improvement Department of the Health Service Executive and Trustee of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland), John Cantwell (accredited facilitator of the Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme).

Finian Murray (Men’s Health Development Officer, Health Promotion and Improvement Department of the Health Service Executive and Trustee of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland), Bryan Nelson (Co-Director of Public Health in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust), Dr Naresh Chada (Senior Medical Officer, Department of Health), Brendan Whittle (Director of Children’s Services and Executive Director of Social Work, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust), Ken Harland (Consultant, Trainer and Researcher), John Cantwell (accredited facilitator of the Engage National Men’s Health Training Programme).