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In recent years there has been a growing focus on the issue of men’s health – both physical and mental – in Ireland. Men continue to be at greater risk of a range of diseases and conditions than women, and their life expectancy remains notably shorter – by as much as five years. The good news is that this life expectancy gap is narrowing as the state of men’s health in Ireland improves.
Men are beginning to embrace healthier lifestyles, eating better, exercising more, and cutting down on excessive smoking, alcohol consumption and other risky behaviours. With more men willing and encouraged to seek help with their mental health issues, suicide rates are beginning to fall.
However, there’s still a lot of work to be done in helping Irish men lead healthier, happier and longer lives. Men can never have enough encouragment, assistance and support in improving their lifestyles and reducing their risk of ill-health and early mortality.
Sheds for Life
Men’s sheds are already at the forefront of improving men’s health and wellbeing in Ireland. According to a major national survey, the vast majority of men who participate in a men’s shed feel a marked improvement in their own health and wellbeing.
To help build on these benefits, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association has put together a male-specific health and wellbeing initiative. Sheds For Life aims to support men who want to improve their physical and mental health within the comfortable, familiar environment of their own shed.
Sheds For Life will take a positive and holistic approach to men’s health, building on the gains already won by shedders through their own efforts and co-operation with one another. The initiative will give shedders the opportunity to inform and educate themselves on how to maintain and improve their own health, in partnership with their communities and the local and national organisations that can make a difference.
How Will Sheds for Life Benefit Your Shed
Dedicated Male Health website: Malehealth.ie
Men’s Health literature Packs. Available for collection via County Men’s Sheds Cluster Meetings.
For further information on ‘Sheds for Life’ please contact:
Irish Men’s Sheds Association
Health & Wellbeing Coordinator
Phone: 01 8916150
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com