Men’s Health

In most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women (WHO,2014). There is growing  awareness and concern about the burden of ill health experienced by men in Northern Ireland (MHFI, 2011). Life expectancy at birth in 2015 – 2017 was 78.5 years for males and 82.3 years for females. Healthy life expectancy at birth in 2015 – 2017 was 59.1 years for males and 60.3 years for females (DOH, 2018).

  • 20% of males smoke. (down from 25% in 2010/2011)
    17% of females smoke. (down from 23% in 2010/2011)
  • Over four-fifths of males (83%) were drinkers with a tenth of males (9%) reporting that they thought they drank quite a lot or heavily. Almost a fifth of male drinkers (16%) drank on 3 or more days per week.
    Three-quarters of females (76%) were drinkers, with (2%) reporting that they thought they drank quite a lot of heavily. A tenth of female drinkers (10%) drank on 3 or more days per week.
  • 42% of males were overweight.
    32% of females were overweight.  (DOH, 2020)
  • Suicide rates per 100,000 people in UK and Ireland was reported at 28 Men in Northern Ireland.
    Suicide rates per 100,000 people in UK and Ireland was reported at 9.5 Women in Northern Ireland. (Samaritans 2019)

  • Men's Health in the South Eastern HSC Trust area

    South East Men’s Health Forum was established in 2015. The group supports the development of new approaches to engage with and inform men about health issues, provides a forum for sharing information on local initiatives and identifies local need. The aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of men, the group is affiliated to Men’s Health Forum Ireland. To date the Forum has organised four Men’s Health Week Campaigns, 2 Men’s Health Conferences and Engage Training for those working with men.

    For further information please contact Alison Doake, Email:

  • Aim of Men’s Health Week

    The aims of Men’s Health Week are to:

    • Heighten awareness of preventable health problems of males of all ages
    • Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities
    • Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males

    We also hope to encompass ‘Take 5’ ways to wellbeing;

    • Connect with peers and friends and build connections
    • Learn something new, or revive an old skill
    • Take notice of the seasons and sense the environment around you
    • Be active, play a game, swim, cycle or dance
    • Give a simple gift every day e.g. a smile, a nod, volunteer to help someone
  • International Men's Health Week 2021

    Join the South Eastern Trust for Men’s Health Week 2021!

    For more information on International Men’s Health Week visit:

    Monday 14th June – Sunday 20th June

    Planned events:

    Monday: Chess tournament

    Tuesday: Yoga & HIT exercise sessions

    Wednesday: Self-care and mindfulness sessions

    Friday: Health checks

    Saturday: Family arts session

    Sunday: Father’s Day photography competition

    Click here to access the full calendar for Men’s Health Week.

    For more information contact

    Click here to access the man manual.


  • International Men's Health Week 2019

    During 2019, the theme for the island of Ireland was: ‘Men’s Health Matters’ and the call to action was ‘Make the Time, Take the Time’.

    The South Eastern Men’s Health Forum worked in partnership to plan events throughout the South Eastern HSC Trust area to organise a variety of events for men of all ages, to enjoy, reflect, learn, relax, take time and especially think about their own health and wellbeing.

    Encompassing the Take 5 ways to wellbeing approach, men were invited to ‘Make the Time and Take the Time’ to improve their health by participating in one of the many organised activities. These activities included: health checks, health awareness events, walks, 5 a-side football, smoking cessation, Men’s Shed, allotment visits, coffee and connect with peers, bicycle maintenance, creative carpentry, photography, writing and singing.

    You can view a copy of the 2019 Man Manual by clicking here


  • SEHSCT (Staff) Men's Health Champion 2019

    On the run up to Men’s Health Week 2019 we held a competition to find a new Men’s Health Champion to take over from last years winner, Richard Walker, Service Lead, Transport. Staff were encouraged to nominate a male colleague who had made a lifestyle change to improve their health and inspire others. We received lots of entries but there could only be one winner…….Chris Dickey!

    You can watch Chris’s inspirational video here

  • SEHSCT (Staff) Men's Health Week Photography Competition 2019

    On the run up to Men’s Health Week 2019 we ran a photography competition for staff to showcase their talents. The competition was based on the principles of Take 5: Be Active, Keep Learning, Give, Take Notice and Connect.

    The quality of the entries was extremely high, giving the judges a very hard task to pick out the winner – Ivan Dinsmore, Children’s Services

  • Resources

    Useful links:

    Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing

    Men’s Health in Northern Ireland: Tackling the root cause of mental (ill) health

    E male matters newsletter

    Improving men’s health in Northern Ireland 

    MaleMenu – information on topics directly affecting men

    Other sources of information:

    Men’s Advisory Project

    For men experiencing domestic abuse and relationship breakdown

    Telephone: (028) 9024 1929


    Cancer Focus – Man Alive on site screening bus

    Telephone: (028) 9066 3281

    Man Matters 

    Telephone: (028) 9032 9718