The theme for this year's Men's Health Week (2 to 15 June) organised by the Men's Health Forum focused on men, health and work. Men's Health Week aims to continue to improve awareness of avoidable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of illness among men and boys.
Understanding and acknowledging the health issues that men might face is important not only for them but for their families and the wider community. Nurses, midwives and health visitors play a central role in helping men to achieve optimum health and wellbeing. Nurses can also play a greater role in improving men's health.
There is a negative correlation between health and inadequate employment (in its various forms), particularly unemployment.1 A systematic review and a meta-analysis demonstrated that long-term unemployment is associated with a higher incidence of suicide.2 The authors noted that the risk is greatest in the first five years and persists at a lower but elevated level for up to 16 years after unemployment ends.
Health and wellbeing
Unnecessary and unacceptablypoor health and wellbeing is experienced by many men and boys, who should be able to live enjoyable, healthy lives regardless of their background.3