Get involved in Men’s Health Week
You only live once so talk to someone
This year’s Men’s Health Week, led by the Men’s Health Forum, runs from 10 to 16 June. It aims to tackle stigma around men’s mental health, promote wellbeing and encourage men to seek help.
Men and women experience mental health problems in roughly equal numbers, yet men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated for it. The consequences can be fatal – the Men’s Health Forum has long highlighted that 3 in 4 suicides are by men and that 73% of people who go missing are men.
What will be happening
During Men’s Health Week, the Men’s Health Forum will be working to get messages and stories about men’s mental health into the national press. Locally, hundreds of public health teams, employers, primary care professionals and voluntary organisations will be running events such as street stalls, workplace health checks and sports days.
Running a Men’s Health Week event could be a great way to reach out to men in your area.
It could also be an opportunity to raise the profile of your work with local people, funders and commissioners.
We offer a free resource pack for you to download and to use in your Men’s Health Week activities. The new materials include high quality posters and leaflets for you to download and print at the sizes and in the numbers you need. This ‘pack’ brings together the essential information for Men’s Health Week.
Sign up as a local partner: subscribe to the Men’s Health Week newsletter (www.menshealthweek.org.uk) to find out more and to access the Men’s Health Week resource pack.
‘Involved Patients, Excellent Care’: Patient Participation Week, 1st – 8th June 2013
The first ever National Patient Participation Week will run from June 1st – 8th 2013.
The week is organised by the National Association for Patient Participation, (N.A.P.P) a national charity, formed in 1978. Uniquely placed as the only umbrella body for patient-led groups in primary care, N.A.P.P has over 30 years’ experience in promoting, supporting and developing Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). There are now over 900 groups affiliated to N.A.P.P, representing at least ten million patients across the UK.
Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, Patient Participation Groups ensure the patients perspective is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improve. Groups also provide practical support in the surgery, foster improved communication between the practice and its patients and help patients to take more responsibility for their health.
At a time when the NHS in England is undergoing significant change, Patient Participation Week aims to highlight the importance of patient participation to achieve excellence in care for all patients. During the week Patient Participation Groups across the UK will be holding a wide range of events to increase public and professional awareness, including working with local media organisations to spotlight success in patient participation.
A national media campaign with contributions from leading health stakeholders will also highlight the value of these ‘grass roots’ groups and the important role they play in driving up the quality of care. The week will culminate in the N.A.P.P annual national conference, this year held in Bristol, entitled ‘Primary Care in the digital age: What does this mean for patients, quality and continuity of care’ which will explore the impact of new technology on patients relationships with health services, and highlight best practice in patient participation.
To find out more and get involved visit the N.A.P.P. website at http://www.napp.org.uk/ where you can find about organising local activities and how to get as much publicity as possible for your event.
NHS Choose Well Winter Campaign
The Choose well campaign aims to educate and inform people about the different NHS services available to them this winter. A number of resources have been produced. They include:
- NHS Choose Well Winter Campaign press release: Over 2 million unnecessary A&E visits “wasted”
- Appendix 1 – Letter to PPGs
- Appendix 2 – Winter planning: National
- Appendix 3 – Media plan
- Appendix 4 – Template letters and briefings
- Appendix 5 – Choose Well Week checklist
- Appendix 6 – Your Guide to Choose Well this Winter
The following leaflet, ‘Winter health survival guide’, is also available to download.
NHS Choose Well Summer Campaign
The National Self Care Forum and the NHS are working together to promote self care for common health complaints over the summer, as part of the Choose Well campaign. The main messages for the campaign are:
- - Self care is the best option if you have a common summer health complaint
- - Your high street pharmacy can give you expert advice without an appointment
A number of resources have been produced. They include:
- An electronic flier http://www.northwest.nhs.uk/document_uploads/Choose%20Well/A6_Final_Web.pdf
- A self care survey (available onine at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8WQVTV )
- A colouring competition aimed at primary school aged children http://www.northwest.nhs.uk/document_uploads/Choose%20Well/Colour_comp.pdf
- A mobile friendly link to self-care information and QR code
- A social media campaign with sample posts for Facebook and Twitter
The campaign will be launched the week of the 9 July and will run until 30 August.
For further information please speak to Cathy Stewart at email@example.com
YOLO – You Only Live Once Team for Men’s Health Week 2012
The key note speaker for YOLO/ MHW 2012 launch event at Arsenal Emirates Stadium has been confirmed as Professor Huon Gray, a Consultant Cardiologist recently appointed National Clinical Directors (NCDs) by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
Due to extremely high demand, for the launch event invitation, Men’s Health Forum (MHF) have decided to expand venue capacity to accommodate as many requests as possible, so please feel free to bring a plus one, just make sure he or she also register here.
Please mark your calendars on May 23rd, Wednesday 9AM, the brand new MHF online shop will be live and you will be able to download for FREE YOLO/Men’s Health Week 2012 resources- posters and leaflets, OR take advantage of the several great promotional offers in support of YOLO campaign launchÂ and order printed resources- posters, leaflets, and manuals at substantial discount or FREE. Â To avoid disappointment and beat the crowd, please make sure you place your order as soon as possible.
In the mean time, MHF value your support very much and would love to hear about the local events you are planning, the primary purpose of the new campaign website is to promote the local events around England and Wales, so please fill the attachment and send it back so MHF can promote on its new website, which should be live next week.