BIG LOTTERY FUND GRANTS - Boost for familes in the Northwest
Men’s Action Network is one of three projects working with families in the north west that have been awarded grants totalling £2,091,251 from the programme. Other projects are working with families with children who have children with sight loss, autism and physical disabilities. (a full list of grants awarded can be found here). Men’s Action Network has been awarded £698,767 to work with Fermanagh Women’s Aid on the five-year Fathering Families project. It is supporting families who may have experienced issues including poverty, separation, divorce, addiction and domestic violence in the Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen, Dungiven, Magherafelt and Omagh areas to be healthier, happier and stronger. The project is working with a range of other agencies and activities include parenting and communication skills, peer support, play and art therapy and signposting to other services.
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International Men’s Day (IMD) Monday 19th November 2018.
Our aim is to value, validate and celebrate the positive contributions men make to family, work and societal life. Mens Action Network as a Charitable organisation locally have supported and promoted men’s health and wellbeing for almost 25 years offering counselling and other support services to men.
As part of our promotion of Mens health and wellbeing our aim over the coming years is to build IMD to a level which focuses on and celebrates the good that men do in our community.
Each year we will highlight a theme to focus on and it seems only right we should address an issue which is greatly impacting on our community at present that of men’s mental fitness and suicide prevention.
For a person contemplating taking their own life there is often a conversation which happens in their head deciding if they will stay or go.
At that this point often deciding factors to stay alive can be a person’s ability to reach into themselves and connect with a spirt of resilience, a spark of hope, and they choose to fight on recognising the resilience that has helped them through past lived experiences or hear the echoes of others, past or present, offering to support or journey with them as they make the decisions and choices only they can make to address the issues they are experiencing.
MAN would like to encourage all men to identify with a greater sense of their inner resilience and spirit to embrace and heighten the self-belief that I’M WORTH MORE.
At times in everyone’s life we will need support and it is not weakness or failure to ask for it because support when you accept it still means it will be you who make the choices how to transforms your life situation. There are many in this city at present who are seeking to help men in crisis promoting the message YOU’RE WORTH MORE.
MAN would like the city to embrace these messages and start a # movement that encourages personal positive mental fitness, self-esteem/belief/worth by tweeting messages under the I’M WORTH MORE hashtag and invite those who wish to encourage and support others struggling with Mental Fitness issues to use #YOU’RE WORTH MORE
To promote these messages endoring the values of IMD Mens Action Network are hosting a concert entitled I’M WORTH MORE in the Millennium Forum with a ticket price of £12.50 with any profit going to fund the work of MAN supporting Mens Health and Wellbeing in the city and beyond.
Tickets are available through the Millennium Forum box office and door will open at 7.30pm.
Local artists preforming and supporting this message will include Legacy, Roy Arbuckle, John Deery, Gary Nash, the I AM Group, Conor McGinity and our compere will be the one and only Micky Doherty who may appear in many forms on the night.
While this subject matter might often seem hopeless this concert will be a celebration of hope, life and living and represent a caring city valuing their selves and each other.
Men's Health Week 2018.
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 many 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:
1. Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
2. Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Almost fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong told the world that ‘the Eagle has landed’ and got out of the Lunar Module saying some of the most famous words in history: ‘One small step for [a] man. One giant leap for mankind’. This was certainly an iconic moment. Neil and his colleagues (Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) had taken a huge step into the unknown. There was a great challenge in front of them, but they met it head on. They were in a vulnerable situation, but they relied on each other’s support and the back-up of (as Neil later said) hundreds of thousands of people behind the project.
During Men's Health Week 2018, people in Ireland are also being asked to do something out of this world. Everyone is encouraged to work together to do at least one small practical thing to improve their own health and the health of men across the island.
The starting point for this year’s conversation about improving the health of males is to answer the question: ‘what’s your small step going to be?’... If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, then it might be time to think about doing something that will make a positive difference to the health of the men and boys that you have contact with and influence over. MHW 2018 offers a launch pad to do this. A whole series of one small steps for man will guarantee one giant leap for men’s health on the island of Ireland!
There is certainly a need to ask this question, as men, in Ireland, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young
• Local men die, on average, four and a half 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
Animations: James Vincent, Institute of Public Health:
Countdown to MHW 2018
Full MHW 2018 animation
Anne Farrell, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus:
Derek (overcoming anxiety)
Vinny (weight loss)
Steve (health scare prompted weight loss)
Ciaran (beating Type 2 Diabetes)
Shauna O’Connor, See Change:
Rick (not hiding behind a mask)
Neil (talking about difficulties)
All of the clips below are available here: