International Men's Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself. During 2018, it will run from Monday 11th until Sunday 17th June.
It is celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide. The overall aims of MHW are to:
Each year, there is also a focus upon a specific theme. During 2018, the theme for the island of Ireland will focus upon the famous words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the moon - when he said: ‘That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’. The key question that everyone will be asked this year is: ‘what's your one small step to improve men's health going to be?’
MHW gives everyone (health professionals, service providers, sporting bodies, community groups, employers, policy makers, the media, churches, individuals ...) an opportunity to encourage men and boys to take better care of their health and to seek help or treatment at an early stage.
The Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) coordinates activity on the island of Ireland and cooperates with other Men's Health Fora across Europe, and further afield, to mark this week.
Click here to find out more about MHW 2018 and what took place during previous Men's Health Weeks.
View the Mens Health Week Nothern Ireland Video here