This year, Men's Health Week (MHW) will run from Monday 11th until Sunday 17th June 2012.
Each year, there is a focus upon a specific theme. During 2012, the focus in Ireland will be upon encouraging men and boys to develop a 'First Instinct' which is to seek help and support in times of difficulty or trouble.
There is certainly a need for this, as men, on the island of Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young:
Local men die, on average, almost five years younger than women do.
Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death.
Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable ..
Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, their prevalence among men may, in fact, rise in the future.
For more go to the Men's Health Forum website